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Plainfield Councilman Issued Alcohol Related Motor Vehicle Summons

December 15, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield Councilman Barry Goode was charged with driving while intoxicated after refusing to provide a breath sample on Dec. 9, according to a Plainfield Police report.

Plainfield Police were called to the 900 block of Melrose Place on that Saturday evening to investigate a motor vehicle accident involving a possibly intoxicated driver.

On the scene, officers noted that ...

Plainfield SID Ordinance Passes, Will Become City-Controlled

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield City Council voted in favor of an ordinance on Monday evening that would bring the Special Improvement District, or SID, under the control of the city.

It will replace the current SID with an appointed Central Business District Management Corporation, with members appointed by the mayor, and an advisory board made up of business owners.

In public comment, ...

Plainfield Mayor Gets $75,000, Up From $35,000

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Despite raucous protests, the Plainfield City Council approved increasing Mayor Adrian O. Mapp's salary to $75,000 when he starts a new four-year term in January.

Protests began after the salary ordinance passed on first reading in November, the day after Mapp won re-election over independent challenger Mustapha Muhammad. Opponents of the measure began organizing on social ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: Dec 18-24

December 17, 2017

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

MONDAY

The Plainfield Girls Varsity Basketball team will play a home game vs. Union Catholic High School at 4:00 p.m.
Union County C.L.E.A.R. Bridging the Gap to Recovery in Union County - The Union County Sheriff's ...

6 Things to do in Plainfield This Weekend

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The upcoming weekend in Plainfield will include chances to shop for holiday gifts and art, hear a Yuletide concert, and for students to mix it up.

FRIDAY

The 2017 Middle School Mixer is a fundraiser for Hubbard Middle School's 8th grade class.  Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades are invited to attend.  Bring your school I.D.  Hubbard Middle School is ...

Mix it Up at Hubbard Middle School's Mixer in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A fundraiser for the 8th grade class at Plainfield's Hubbard Middle School is being held on Friday, Dec. 15.

All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from the Plainfield School District are invited, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.  There will be music by DJ Reef.

There is a five dollar entrance fee, and student I.D. is required.

Hubbard Middle School is located at 661 West ...

Plainfield Students Communicate with Students in Kenya Via Skype

December 17, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Students at Cook School participated on a call via Skype to students in Kenya. The call was part of an exchange with World Compassion Outreach Ministries, where Plainfield Public School Board Member Richard Wyatt is visiting. 

The call was made possible by Joseph Nzethe, Wyatt, Plainfield Public Schools’ Chris Payne and the IT Staff.

The students spoke about ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: Dec 18-24

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

MONDAY

The Plainfield Girls Varsity Basketball team will play a home game vs. Union Catholic High School at 4:00 p.m.
Union County C.L.E.A.R. Bridging the Gap to Recovery in Union County - The Union County Sheriff's ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Showcase Artistic Talents

EDISON, NJ -- Upper School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison provided visual and musical art at its finest at the Winter Art Show and Concert on Dec. 7.

After patrons roamed the halls to peruse artwork in the showcases, which included a display in the lobby of the new Berry Performing Arts Center, they entered the Jean and Sal Badalamenti Theater for a wonderful ...

Plainfield Councilman Issued Alcohol Related Motor Vehicle Summons

December 15, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield Councilman Barry Goode was charged with driving while intoxicated after refusing to provide a breath sample on Dec. 9, according to a Plainfield Police report.

Plainfield Police were called to the 900 block of Melrose Place on that Saturday evening to investigate a motor vehicle accident involving a possibly intoxicated driver.

On the scene, officers noted that ...

Investigators Are Seeking the Public’s Assistance in Catching a Predator

ELIZABETH, NJ--Investigators are asking for assistance from the public in identifying and locating a suspect wanted for the alleged luring and sexual assault of a teenager in Elizabeth last week.

On Thursday, December 7, the Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit received a referral from the Elizabeth Police Department regarding the incident, which took place at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Two Car Crash on Garden State Parkway

CRANFORD, NJ- Injuries are reported following a two-car crash on the Garden State Parkway near exit 137, according to Trooper Gene Hong of the New Jersey State Police.

The accident occurred at 1:35 p.m.

According to the Breaking News Network, the vehicles went into the woods after colliding, with two passengers pinned in one of the cars.

“Injuries are reported but they are not life ...

Area's Drive for Autism Foundation Distributes Grants Totaling $40,000; Funds Benefit Educational/Social Services Organizations

December 16, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Drive for Autism Foundation, a 501(3)(c) tax-exempt public charity that was created in the Spring of 2002 for the sole purpose of raising and distributing funds for educational facilities specializing in individuals with autism, has distributed $40,000 in the form of eight grants to school-based programs providing education and training to ...

Track and Field: Union Catholic Grad Sydney McLaughlin Makes Stunning NCAA Debut

December 10, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- Sydney McLaughlin, who graduated from Union Catholic last spring, didn’t waste any time making her presence felt on the college level when the legendary star made a stunning NCAA debut for Kentucky on Friday night at the Hoosier Open at the University of Indiana.

The 18-year-old McLaughlin, a 2016 Olympian, burned up the 200-meter banked oval with a sizzling time of ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Raises, State of the School District, and More

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Did you miss any of this week’s top news stories on TAPinto Plainfield? Click on the headlines to catch up:

Bernice Paglia:  Plainfield Cabinet Salaries A Mixed Bag

Academy of Continuing Education for adults with disabilities enrolling for January classes

Rutgers suffers "data breach" of 1,700 students' info

Plainfield's Mayor ...

Former MLB Player Conducts Baseball Clinic at Wardlaw+Hartridge

EDISON, NJ -- Former Major League baseball player and batting coach Milt Thompson conducted the inaugural Wardlaw+Hartridge Baseball Clinic on Dec. 2 at the school’s campus in Edison.

The clinic included a morning session for middle school players and an afternoon session for high school players.

The former outfielder and World Series winning batting coach provided instructions on ...

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held at Plainfield's Fig Tree Market

December 13, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Members of the City of Plainfield administration held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Fig Tree Market on South Avenue with Owner David Oh.

Jeff Spelman, Owner of The Coffee Box, and Donna Albanese, Owner of Dairy Queen, who are nearby merchants on South Avenue, came out in support of the market and Oh.

Plainfield's Mayor Adrian O. Mapp said, "we know that ...

Plainfield SID Ordinance Passes, Will Become City-Controlled

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield City Council voted in favor of an ordinance on Monday evening that would bring the Special Improvement District, or SID, under the control of the city.

It will replace the current SID with an appointed Central Business District Management Corporation, with members appointed by the mayor, and an advisory board made up of business owners.

In public comment, ...

AAA December 11 Survey: New Jersey gas prices drop three cents

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AAA's December survey of gasoline prices shows a three cents per gallon drop in the Garden State. 

The current average price of a gallon of gasoline is $2.51, down from $2.54 a week ago. Today’s average price is eight cents cheaper than a month ago ($2.59), but 19 cents higher than this same date last year ($2.32). The current national average to be $2.46, ...

Cookie Palooza: Molasses Cookies

December 16, 2017

Molasses Cookies by Debbie Mikijanic

Ingredients

¾ c margarine, softened
​​​½ teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar​​​
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg
​​​​​½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ cup molasses​​​​½ ground ginger
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour​​
2 teaspoons baking soda
​​½ cup white sugar for rolling

In a medium bowl, mix ...

Judge Rules Addams Tavern in Westfield Must Close for Now, Starting Friday

WESTFIELD, NJ — A judge has ordered Addams Tavern at 115 Elm St. downtown to close as of Friday, Dec. 15, and not re-open without further court order.

Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis wrote that the court is convinced based on the testimony of four expert witnesses that the building is not compliant with the applicable building code, and that the court finds that there is ...

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held at Plainfield's Fig Tree Market

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Members of the City of Plainfield administration held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Fig Tree Market on South Avenue with Owner David Oh.

Jeff Spelman, Owner of The Coffee Box, and Donna Albanese, Owner of Dairy Queen, who are nearby merchants on South Avenue, came out in support of the market and Oh.

Plainfield's Mayor Adrian O. Mapp said, "we know that ...

Season of Giving at Wardlaw-Hartridge

December 17, 2017

EDISON, NJ -- Sanya Sidhu of Edison and Samantha Phillips of Scotch Plains, Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, visit the Angel Tree to select ornaments with gift suggestions for autistic children at The Crossroads School in Westfield. The gifts were delivered to the school during the holiday season.

"Wreaths Across America" Convoy Stops in Manville on Way to Arlington National Cemetery

MANVILLE, NJ  - What has become known as the world's largest veterans' parade will pause for a ceremony at Manville High School on Wednesday, Dec. 13 as the Wreaths Across America 18-truck convoy heads to Arlington National Cemetery for the annual wreath-laying on the graves of US veterans.

The convoy is expected to arrive around 9 a.m., driving down Finderne Avenue across the Van ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Raises, State of the School District, and More

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Did you miss any of this week’s top news stories on TAPinto Plainfield? Click on the headlines to catch up:

Bernice Paglia:  Plainfield Cabinet Salaries A Mixed Bag

Academy of Continuing Education for adults with disabilities enrolling for January classes

Rutgers suffers "data breach" of 1,700 students' info

Plainfield's Mayor ...

Fanwood Resident Pleads Guilty in Rutgers Hacking Case

December 13, 2017

TRENTON, NJ – A 21-year-old Fanwood resident, Paras Jha, and two other defendants have pleaded guilty in three cybercrime cases. Jha, a former Rutgers student, admitted to launching a cyber attack on the university's computer network. He and two others also pleaded guilty to creating and operating two "botnets" that targeted “Internet of Things” ...

NJ State Police Offer Tips to Protect Yourself from Carjacking

TRENTON, NJ - The NJ Office of the Attorney General wants you and your family to be safe this holiday season and beyond. Follow these tips from the New Jersey State Police to protect yourself from carjacking: 

What do Carjackers Look For?

-Intersections controlled by stop lights or signs
-Garages and parking lots for mass transit, shopping malls, and grocery ...

White supremacist group posts anti-immigration flyers across New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -  Police are investigating white supremacist flyers which were posted on George Street in downtown New Brunswick on the afternoon on December 6. 

The flyers allege "white Americans" have a "civic duty" to report undocumented immigrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Included at the bottom of the flyer is the number to the US ...

Essex Co. Exec Joe DiVincenzo launches 2018 re-election campaign with show of force 

December 12, 2017

In a show of force intended to dissuade potential primary challengers, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo announced his re-election campaign amid a sea of supporters from Washington, D.C. to Trenton, from Newark City Hall to the outer reaches of West Essex.

"Essex County has never been this strong, not only here, but throughout the state of New Jersey," said DiVincenzo as ...

Plainfield Launches Deer Management Program​

December 11, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield City Council has approved a new deer management program that aims to enable natural regeneration of a hardwood forest, minimize damage to residential landscaping, and lower the number of deer-related motor vehicle accidents in neighborhoods near the Cushing Road Detention Basin.

Residents have experienced loss of their shrubs and gardens and are encountering ...

Free Tasting, Health Screening and Food Basket Raffle Event at Plainfield’s Isabelita Market on Dec. 13

December 12, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - EZ Ride, The City of Plainfield, and Atlantic Health Systems are once again partnering with Isabelita Market to host a free event for residents that will feature health screenings, nutrition education, a food basket raffle and healthy snack samples. Customers who attend the event will have a chance to win one of two baskets filled with healthy snacks and lifestyle ...

Union County College to Host Healthcare Job Fair on Dec. 13 in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ – If you are interested in working in the healthcare field, visit Union County College’s Plainfield Campus (232 East Second St.) on Dec. 13, 2017.

A Healthcare Job Fair will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in UCC's Logos Building. This employment opportunity is being hosted by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training ...

Plainfield YMCA partners with United Way YEPP Program

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield YMCA has been selected as one of the agencies to administer the United Way of Greater Union County (UWGUC) Youth Employment Partners Program (YEPP). The program is funded through a grant under the Union County Workforce Innovation & Opportunity ACT (WIOA) for Out-of-School Youth.

YEPP is aimed at youth between the ages of 14 to 21 years who are Union County ...

Planning Board Grants Waivers For Muhlenberg Project

December 8, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A team of expert witnesses won Planning Board approvals Thursday for 120 apartments and a medical arts complex on the site of a shuttered hospital, but not before objections from residents.

City activist Nancy Piwowar, who is also president of the Historical Society of Plainfield, deplored the partial destruction of the former Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center to make way for ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: Dec 18-24

December 17, 2017

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

MONDAY

The Plainfield Girls Varsity Basketball team will play a home game vs. Union Catholic High School at 4:00 p.m.
Union County C.L.E.A.R. Bridging the Gap to Recovery in Union County - The Union County Sheriff's ...

St. Bart's Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec. 16

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The annual Christmas Concert at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church in Scotch Plains will take place on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7:00 p.m. 

More than 40 members of the music ministry of St. Bartholomew Parish will perform a blend of familiar carols, contemporary songs, and surprising arrangements accompanied by a chamber orchestra and band.  Songs include "Oh ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Raises, State of the School District, and More

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Did you miss any of this week’s top news stories on TAPinto Plainfield? Click on the headlines to catch up:

Bernice Paglia:  Plainfield Cabinet Salaries A Mixed Bag

Academy of Continuing Education for adults with disabilities enrolling for January classes

Rutgers suffers "data breach" of 1,700 students' info

Plainfield's Mayor ...

New Technology Available to Enhance Visits to NJ State Parks

December 14, 2017

TRENTON - The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry on Thursday, November 16 officially launched a new smart device tool to enhance visits to state parks by helping users plan visits around the state park system's vast network of trails.

The Trail Tracker application, demonstrated by the Park Service during a news conference today at Allaire State Park in Monmouth County, may be ...

AAA December 11 Survey: New Jersey gas prices drop three cents

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AAA's December survey of gasoline prices shows a three cents per gallon drop in the Garden State. 

The current average price of a gallon of gasoline is $2.51, down from $2.54 a week ago. Today’s average price is eight cents cheaper than a month ago ($2.59), but 19 cents higher than this same date last year ($2.32). The current national average to be $2.46, ...

NJ Transit Service To Resume Monday After Friday's Derailment in Union

UNION, NJ – New Jersey Transit reports the Raritan Valley Line trains will resume regular weekday service between Cranford and Newark and High Bridge and Raritan on Monday.  Train service was suspended over the weekend after the freight train derailment in Union on Friday afternoon.  

According to its website, NJ Transit says customers may experience possible ...

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A Stroll Through Echo Lake Park

This past Sunday, I joined the Freewalkers for its Stroll & Roll walking event.  Freewalkers Yohana Maria and Risa Olinsky organized the festivities, now in its second year. 

The walk, designed to be family-friendly, and for people of all ages and abilities, began in Echo Lake Park, another gem in the Union County Park system.  The four-mile round trip trek also cut ...

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Wardlaw + Hartridge Students Celebrate Computer Science Week

December 18, 2017

EDISON, NJ -- Lower School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison celebrated the Hour of Code and Computer Science Week from Dec 4-10. The week was named after our very own alumna Admiral Grace Hopper '24 for her contributions to the field of computer science.

All classes in the Lower School took part in celebrating with some coding of our own in Scratch Jr. The app is the mini ...

Open Letter to Plainfield (NJ) Mayor and Council

December 17, 2017

The City of Plainfield has worked hard to change the negative image that has followed Plainfield for decades. Despite a beautiful housing stock, diverse population, and active business district, with the reelection of Mayor Mapp in November 2017 a series of reckless, one-sided and arrogant decisions were made.

Among the three most recent, and divisive, decisions pushed through against the will ...

Corrections Officer Dies in Apparent Suicide in Garret Mountain Reservation

December 14, 2017

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes has announced that Timothy Carpenter, 49, of West Milford, is believed to be the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound resulting in his death.

Carpenter was found on Dec. 12, at approximately 6 p.m. inside his private motor vehicle in a wooded area of Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Westfield's Jackie Lieberman

This week's feature will focus on TAPintoWestfield franchisee, Jackie Lieberman. Find out what makes TAPintoWestfield.net different than the competition, what she did before coming onto TAPinto.net and how an inexperienced sales person became one of TAPinto's most successful franchisee's. 

 

When did you join TAPinto.net?:

I started as a freelance reporter in 2011 ...

'It's a Wonderful Life'from film to stage to radio

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ shows surprising appeal as radio/stage production

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has selected a nostalgic and heartwarming version of the classic Frank Capra movie from the 1140’s to entertain holiday audiences. “It’s a Wonderful Life” has somehow become a classic Christmas ...

Victoria and Albert: A Royal Love Affair by Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan

Victoria and Albert: A Royal Love Affair by Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan (St. Martin's Press, 2017)

Several months ago I reviewed the magnificent compendium Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin Manuel Miranda. This charming edition is a must for anyone who is planning to see the Hamilton in order to become familiarized with the libretto and prepare him/herself for an extra-ordinary ...