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Gov. Murphy Addresses Verbal Confrontation During Family Outing in Red Bank

November 23, 2020

NEW JERSEY — A video has heavily circulated showing Gov. Phil Murphy being loudly confronted Saturday night at a Red Bank restaurant while he was outdoors dining with his wife and the rest of his family. 

At least two women reportedly approached the governor’s table during the encounter. Murphy was out eating with his wife, three sons and daughter.

One woman in the video, ...

Murphy Announces Resources for People Overwhelmed During Holidays Due to COVID-19

CAMDEN, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has not relented on New Jerseyans since March, claiming loved ones, putting families in financial ruts and set to change the fabric of the holiday season to come. 

With three days to go until Thanksgiving, Gov. Phil Murphy shared resources for those feeling overwhelmed.

“We recognize that with everything that we have already endured, plus ...

Plainfield to Receive Share of $161 Million in Municipal Aid Grants

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy announced Thursday $161.25 million in Municipal Aid grants, with 543 cities and towns across the state receiving funds to advance road, bridge, safety, and quality-of-life improvements, demonstrating the Department of Transportation’s Commitment to Communities. Funds allocated to Plainfield will be used for an East Third Street road improvement ...

New Jersey's COVID Numbers Continue to Climb, Says Murphy

November 22, 2020

NEW JERSEY -- COVID-19 statistics continue to trend in the wrong direction, according to Gov. Phil Murphy.

The governor tweeted on Sunday that the state had 3,998 new positive cases overnight and now has reached 306,007 cumulative positive cases since March when the pandemic first struck.

He also reported 15 new confirmed deaths, which brings the statewide loss of life ...

Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: About Four in 10 New Jerseyans Say They Won’t Get COVID-19 Vaccine

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Between 36 percent and 47 percent of New Jerseyans say they will “probably” or “definitely” not get vaccinated against COVID-19, with response rates varying depending on how the question is asked, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

Among individuals reluctant to get vaccinated, 80 percent cite a concern about side effects, and 82 percent ...

Rutgers Recruiting Participants for J&J Phase 3 COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers will enroll as many as 2,000 participants from the university community and throughout the state to test a potential COVID-19 vaccine.

The university is a clinical trial site for Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson’s phase 3 clinical research study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Janssen’s COVID-19 vaccine ...

Piscataway Police: Fatal Train Collision Under Investigation

November 20, 2020

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Thomas Mosier of the Piscataway Police Department announced today that a fatal collision is under investigation.

The initial investigation conducted by Traffic Safety Officer William Kloos of the Piscataway Police Department and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined ...

Plainfield: Vehicle vs. Pole Closes Part of East 7th St. Monday Night

PLAINFIELD, NJ — East 7th Street between Franklin Place and Roosevelt Avenue in Plainfield was closed off Monday evening, with police and fire units on scene due to a traffic accident.

According to a Breaking News Network alert, the vehicle hit a pole, and an individual from M & W Towing Services could be seen loading the vehicle onto one of its trucks.

This story will be updated ...

Plainfield Resident's Virtual Theater Organ Concert on Friday

November 5, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield resident Ian Fraser will be performing a free virtual theater organ concert on Friday, November 6.  The 30-minute event was prerecorded live by the New York Theatre Organ Society at the 1869 Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie, NY, and features music from the first half of the 20th century.  The concert will be broadcast simultaneously on YouTube and ...

“Fix You”, Coldplay Tribute Band, Live in Concert on Nov. 7

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Freeholder Board presents “Fix You,” a highly regarded Coldplay tribute band, live in concert at the Union County Vocational-Technical School, located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. 

The concert is on Saturday, November 7, starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at on a first-come, ...

Drake House, Plainfield Library to Host 3 November Events

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Public Library and the Drake House Museum will collaborate and present three virtual programs during the month of November. Registration is free, and each program starts at 10:30 a.m. on Zoom.

Soujourner Truth, Saturday, November 7: Dr. Daisy Century gives a commanding performance of Ms. Truth, bringing to life a woman undeterred by incredible obstacles, a ...

Poll Finds Mixed Views on Remote Learning in New Jersey

November 18, 2020

A new statewide poll found that New Jersey families want a better remote education experience for their children who have been forced to forego in-person learning as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The poll, conducted by Global Strategy Group on behalf of JerseyCAN and the New Jersey Children’s Foundation, also identified stark racial and income disparities in access to the ...

Plainfield Board of Ed, Part 1: Facilities & Grounds Response to COVID-19

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Coordinator Sean Sutton presented an overview of practices put in place to keep Plainfield Public Schools facilities clean and safe from COVID-19 at Tuesday's school board meeting. Students had returned for in-person instruction on Monday, November 9, but are scheduled to return to remote learning this week.

Sutton said his department started with training as far ...

Can You Help? Jefferson Elementary Teacher Wants to Provide Her Plainfield Students with Spanish Language Books

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Mrs. Banks is a teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in Plainfield with a campaign that will reach 24 students; over three in four of these students come from low-income households.

Mrs. Banks wants all of her students to know she believes in them, and she knows they can do anything they put their minds to. Her campaign needs just $569, and with a ...

Houdini Pizza in Fanwood Closes After Staff Member Tests Positive

November 23, 2020

FANWOOD, NJ -- Houdini Pizza Laboratory (25 South Ave, Fanwood) announced Monday that it would close for an undetermined period of time after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

"A staff member who worked over the weekend tested positive, so in an abundance of caution, we are closing," said owner Joe Mortarulo, who also runs Darby Road Pub, which had to close earlier in the ...

NJSIAA: Winter Sports Pushed Back to January, State Tournaments Cancelled

November 19, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – Winter is coming for high school sports, but student-athletes will have to wait until 2021 for action.

The NJSIAA, New Jersey’s governing body for interscholastic sports, announced the pushback of all winter sports and the cancellation of all formal winter sports tournaments early Thursday morning following the recommendation of the organization’s Sports ...

Are You Cut Out to be a Cardboard Cutout at Rutgers Games This Winter?

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - After the raucous celebrations witnessed at Rutgers men’s basketball games last season, no one will ever accuse Scarlet Knights fans of having wooden personalities.

Cardboard, maybe.

The folks at will convert an image of your scarlet-painted face and jersey-adorned body into a cardboard cutout that will be seated inside the RAC.

The prices range ...

Football: Plainfield at Warren Hills to be Live Streamed Friday Night

WASHINGTON, NJ — The Plainfield Cardinals football team will travel Friday to meet the Blue Streaks on the gridiron at Warren Hills Regional High School.

Plainfield is also scheduled to play on Friday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. However, the long-standing tradition of a Thanksgiving game day against Westfield's Blue Devils has been canceled this year because, according to ...

South Plainfield-Based Puleo International Opening November 20

November 18, 2020

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in South Plainfield.

Puleo International, a fourth-generation family-owned manufacturer and distributor of unique handcrafted holiday décor items located on Kennedy Road, will open its doors to the public for their 16th Annual Christmas Sale on Friday, Nov. 20.The warehouse will be open seven days a week ...

TAPinto This Classic Thanksgiving Recipe: Rum Spiked Cranberry Jelly

November 23, 2020

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -  Jenn Stilwell's cranberry jelly recipe remains the worst kept secret in the township. First published in 2016 when TAPinto Bloomfield was only a few months old, this recipe will probably be published just before Thanksgiving every year. 

Stilwell's jelly was the subject of a great deal of chatter in town back in 2016. At the ...

Move Over Martha, Raiders' Ginger-Spiced Cranberry Sauce Is Thanksgiving's Best Bet from Nutley NJ

NUTLEY, NJ — The "media" may have many around the country believing that Nutley's greatest gift to Thanksgiving is Martha Stewart, but locals know it's "Nutley Raiders Ginger-Spiced Cranberry Sauce." First created by students in the culinary program at Nutley High School in 2017, this dish has become a local favorite, and given the reach of TAPinto, its ...

COVID-19 Emergency Drive-Up Food Distribution in Union, Nov. 21

UNION COUNTY, NJ - An emergency drive-up food distribution for Union County residents to aid those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will be held in Union on Saturday, November 21, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

The food distribution will be at the eastern parking lot at the Kean University campus, 1000 Morris Avenue. Participants should follow signs posted on Morris Avenue to enter the ...

Community's Help Needed for Plainfield Family Member

November 19, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Diomedes Miranda was a long-time Plainfield resident who lived on the 300 block of West 7th Street. He was also the owner of a corner store for eight years at 1208 West Front Street before he retired. After giving back to the Queen City, his family needs your help.

Miranda, known as Meme to his family, was a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. In March, he was ...

Giving Back: Donate to Netherwood Neighbors 14th Annual Holiday Food Drive

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Netherwood Heights Neighbors, one of Plainfield's neighborhood associations, is seeking donations for its 14th Annual Food Drive to benefit local families in need.

Neighbor Laura Kayser is again spearheading this initiative, working as the liaison with Plainfield Action Services whose mission is to provide services to the city's ...

Late Westfield High School Principal’s Family Settles Malpractice Suit for $5.5M

November 11, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Family of the Westfield High School principal who grew up in Plainfield, and who died from complications following his bone marrow donation to a boy in France in 2019, have settled a medical malpractice lawsuit in the case for $5.5 million, court records show.

Sheronda Braker, fiancé of Principal Derrick Nelson, sued Hackensack University Medical Center, ...

Plainfield: November 3 General Election Results are Official

November 22, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The results from the November 3 General Election have all been tallied by the Union County Clerk's office, and are now official. Plainfield's results have not changed since the unofficial results were announced last month.

Plainfield City Council

Third Ward Council Member Charles McRae, incumbent, ran unopposed; he received 99.6% of the votes (or 3,916 ...

Kean Concedes 7th Congressional District Election to Malinowski

State Sen. Tom Kean Jr. has conceded the 7th Congressional District election to Democratic incumbent Tom Malinowski, who will be sworn to a second term in the House of Representatives in January, 2021.

Down by more than 11 percent on Election Night, Kean and his supporters held out hope as the margin narrowed over the past two weeks as the paper ballots were counted by election officials in ...

Union County Among Last in NJ Still Tallying Ballots, Clerk Says

UNION COUNTY, NJ — If you filled out a paper ballot at a polling place in Union County, your vote will be counted — starting Monday, the administrator of the Board of Elections said.

Election workers will begin counting the paper ballots, also called provisional ballots, cast at polling places beginning Monday — 13 days after election day — at which time they will ...

Gardening Gifts that Provide Years of Enjoyment

November 15, 2020


The popularity of gardening is at an all-time high and people are discovering its many benefits. Some want to grow safe and nutritious food, others are boosting the beauty of their landscape, and many are turning to gardening to relieve stress. With the holidays right around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity to support new and experienced gardeners with a thoughtful ...

Get Outside for National Take A Hike Day on Nov. 17

November 17, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Tuesday is National Take A Hike Day, so grab those hiking shoes and find a trail to get away from it all. The American Hiking Society established National Take A Hike Day, each year falling on November 17, as a way to encourage families and individuals to get outside, and to connect with nature. 

Here are three options not that far from home for you explore. Be sure to ...

PMUA: Paper, Cardboard to be Collected in Plainfield on Nov. 14

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority did not pick up recycling on Wednesday due to it being Veterans Day. However, paper and cardboard recycling will be collected this Saturday, November 14.

Residents should put out recycling Friday evening for collection on Saturday.

If you have any questions, call 908-226-2518 or ...

PMUA: No Paper, Cardboard Collection in Plainfield on Nov. 11

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority, in observance of Veterans Day, will be closed on Wednesday, November 11. Residents should not put out cardboard for collection.

If you have any questions, call 908-226-2518 or email


El PMUA estará cerrado mañana (miércoles 11 de noviembre) ...

Plainfield Planning Board Hearing with Applicant for Muhlenberg Site Set for Dec. 3

November 22, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's Planning Board will meet virtually on December 3, and hear from Applicant MBH Urban Renewal, LLC, who is seeking amended preliminary and final site plan approval. The Applicant is proposing to renovate the existing three-story Muhlenberg Hospital building known as Building 23, and to construct a one-story 1,143 square foot addition to it for use as a ...

Plainfield YMCA on Historic Preservation Commission's Nov. 24 Agenda

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Historic Preservation Commission is scheduled to meet virtually on Tuesday, November 24, according to the city's website, and the meeting will include discussion about a proposal for adaptive reuse of the Plainfield Area YMCA building at 518 Watchung Avenue.

The Plainfield YMCA Board of Directors had worked to transform the operating model of the YMCA, and ...

Plainfield Planning Board to Hear from Applicant for Mixed Use in Marino's Tract Redevelopment Area

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's Planning Board is scheduled to hear from Applicant PL 611 Front Plainfield LLC of East Orange about its plan to construct a mixed-use project. The lots related to the project are a part of the redevelopment plan for the Marino's Tract that was approved and adopted in 2000, and amended in November 2019.

The applicant seeks preliminary and ...

National Park Service Grants Lifetime Passes to Veterans and Military Families

November 11, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — Beginning on Veterans Day, November 11, 2020 and going forward, Gold Star Families and U.S. military veterans will receive lifetime passes to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks, wildlife refuges and forests, the National Parks Service said.

"The free access program is a way to thank America’s veterans and Gold Star families ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Explore Aerodynamics 

EDISON-- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School offered abbreviated two-day after school STEM workshops focused on aerodynamics in the first two weeks of November. Under the guidance of Mrs. Andrea Barnett, Middle School science teacher and Science Department Co-Chair, pondered the question of how the program could offer a hands-on STEM program that would be safe during the pandemic and accessible to both ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Excited To Perform Virtual Fall Play

EDISON-- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison is pleased to present One Stoplight Town as its virtual fall play this year. This full-length play was written by playwright Tracy Wells and the W+H thespians will be the first to produce this new title and premiere the show on Friday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

One Stoplight Town is a story about people from a town so small that you might drive ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School Receives Introduction To Disc Golf

EDISON, NJ-- Tim Head of Cranford, fifth grade teacher and Middle School coach at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, provided a tutorial on disc golf to sixth and seventh grade students in their physical education class. Mr. Head demonstrated some pointers on throwing and putting techniques and explained how to navigate from tee to tee on the school’s new 9 hole "Gold" ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Fourth Graders Explore and Learn Outdoors

EDISON, NJ-- The fourth-grade classes of Mrs. Ellen Ritz and Mrs. Lisa Greenberg at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison took advantage of the beautiful November weather and ventured outdoors for a day of fall fun and exploration on Nov. 6. Some called it a “Staycation” and others described it as a “Fall Fun Day.”

 It was a day of bonding and informal ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Soccer Standout Signs Letter Of Intent To Wagner College

EDISON, NJ-- Bella Wysocki of Rahway, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, made it official this afternoon by signing her official National Letter of Intent to attend Wagner College and continue her outstanding soccer career.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge senior is by far the school's all-time leading scorer with 104 goals. She has also distributed 47 assists in 68 career games for ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge School Sets Three Virtual Admission Information Sessions

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison is holding three Virtual Admission Information Sessions – two on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. or 7 p.m. and one on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. Each session provides an opportunity to meet our Head of School, Division Heads, teachers, students and the Admission Team. 

Wardlaw+Hartridge is a coeducational, college preparatory day school enrolling ...

Union County Freeholders Remind Residents of Free Mobile App to Connect Residents with Recycling Information

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders urges residents to download Recycle Coach to get reminded of their curbside recycling schedule, learn about upcoming county recycling events, get advised of any changes or interruptions to service and learn the best ways to recycle.  The free app is designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to County residents and ...

Union County’s New #SmashItDontTrashIt Campaign Makes New Green Energy from Old Halloween Pumpkins

Union County residents can put their Jack o’ Lanterns to good use after Halloween by participating in Union County’s new Pumpkin Recycling Program. The pumpkins will be collected by Union County and other local governments and brought to an organic waste recycler in Elizabeth, where they will be transformed into green energy.

“The Pumpkin Recycling Program is an easy, ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, November 25, 10:00 AM


CASA of Union County Information Session

Giving Back


Thu, November 26, 6:00 PM

VIRTUAL PROGRAM - Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables

Education Food & Drink


Sat, November 28, 8:00 PM

Virtual Concert, PLAINFIELD

Music in the Park: Season of Gratitude

Arts & Entertainment

NJ Restaurants Look to ‘Bubbles’ to Stay Afloat This Winter

November 22, 2020

In a normal winter, Mhairi Robertson tries to fill the seats inside Bistro La Source, a swanky French restaurant in Jersey City. This year, she’s trying to fill bubbles.

Robertson, the manager of the restaurant, says the six plastic dining bubbles situated in the restaurant’s parking lot is an essential part of their business plan, as indoor dining is currently capped at 12 ...

How to Make the Most of Your Downsized Thanksgiving Dinner (Recipe Included)

With the coronavirus pandemic surging forward, threatening to stomp all over our traditional get-together with relatives, Thanksgiving for many of us is going to be a lot quieter this year.

The CDC recommends that people avoid large gatherings and instead celebrate the holiday with the members of their household. As a result, a shorter guest list could require a few changes to the ...

Menendez Applauds Signing of Daniel's Law: Protection for Judges Following the Murder of North Brunswick's Judge's Son

November 22, 2020

TRENTON, N.J. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez today stood with U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas as Governor Phil Murphy signed Daniel’s Law, legislation named after her late son, Daniel Anderl, to better protect the privacy of judges and their families. Sen. Menendez, along with Sen. Cory Booker, renewed their call to pass federal legislation they introduced in response to the ...

Concerned Plainfield Resident Asking Mayor, etc. to Stop Deer Kill

November 19, 2020

Dear Mayor Mapp:

I am a long-time Plainfield resident in Sleepy Hollow who is very concerned and disappointed about what I've recently learned. We all go about our day expecting that our elected and appointed officials will be transparent and sensitive to all, and what I've been finding out is quite the contrary - that backroom deals are more the norm, and that data is ignored.

I am ...

Mondelez, Largest Producer of Oreos, Announces Likely NJ Site Closure

November 18, 2020

FAIR LAWN, NJ — Oh, say it's not so, OREO! The manufacturer of the cookie, and other snacks has announced it's likely to close its doors at the Fair Lawn bakery manufacturing plant in the Route 208 industrial park.

"This took us off guard," Mayor Kurt Peluso said. 

According to Mondelez's website, the company has done well during COVID-19 due to ...

The Guardian by John Grisham

The Guardians by John Grisham. (Dell, 2020)

“Duke Russell is not guilty of the unspeakable crimes for which he was convicted; nonetheless, he is scheduled to be executed for them in one hour and forty-five minutes.”

Are you hooked? I am.

When I taught Creative Writing, one of the first lessons on writing prose was, “You have to capture the reader in the first paragraph ...

Joe Apfelbaum Tells Ellen Volpe How to Go From Frustration to MOJOvation on Opportunity Calls

November 23, 2020

LONG ISLAND, NY -- Ellen Volpe, President of American Business Associates, spoke with Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union, on a recent episode of Opportunity Calls with Ellen Volpe.

Apfelbaum’s position as CEO of an internet-based marketing company is only one of his many roles. “Joe is a business mentor, leader, direct marketing guru, extraordinary networker, educator, ...