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The Week Ahead in Plainfield: December 17-23

December 16, 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

The PMUA is sponsoring Helping Hands.  Starting today, bring little ones by the office at 215 West Front St. to pick out a new pair of gloves or mittens, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  While supplies last.  Share ...

"Hate Has No Home" at Congressman Frelinghuysen's Office on Move Out Day.....

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Friday December 14th was move out day for Congressman Frelinghuysen. As the final pieces of furniture and belongings came out of the Congressional office on Schuyler Place in Morristown, demonstrators entered the building.  Like most Fridays of the past two years, the day was fraught with protestors, this time bringing a cake and a celebratory party mood. 

According ...

Payday for Westfield Municipal Officials: Symbolic $1 Checks

WESTFIELD, NJ — In Scotch Plains, the municipality budgeted $30,000 to pay its mayor and Township Council this year.

In Cranford, the municipality budgeted $15,000 to pay its Township Committee for its service in 2018.

In Mountainside, the Borough Council budgeted $12,000 for its own salaries this year.

This week, Westfield’s mayor and Town Council got their paychecks: ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: December 17-23

December 16, 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

The PMUA is sponsoring Helping Hands.  Starting today, bring little ones by the office at 215 West Front St. to pick out a new pair of gloves or mittens, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  While supplies last.  Share ...

Things to do in Plainfield: Dec 15-16

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Listen to holiday music, have breakfast with Santa, do some holiday shopping, and more this weekend.  Here are a few ideas for you, some in Plainfield, and some nearby.

SATURDAY

There are two chances to see Black Nativity, at 2 p.m. and at 8 p.m.  Director of film and stage, Onyx Keesha, produces Langston Hughes' gospel play at the Parish Hall Theater ...

Plainfield High School Playwright to Take Stage on Friday

PLAINFIELD, NJ - When Jonathan L. Price takes the stage on Friday, Dec. 14 at Plainfield High School, he will be performing in Pulse, a production of his own inspiration, and a play about a young man trying to break away from his past.

Now a junior, this is Price's second play performed on stage at the school, and it’s an opportunity he takes very seriously.

“I am very ...

Plainfield Man Sustains Gunshot Wound in Passaic

December 16, 2018

PASSAIC, NJ - Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Passaic Police Chief Luis A. Guzman announced that at approximately 5:28, a.m. on Dec. 16, members of the Passaic Police Department were dispatched to the area of 180 Columbia Ave. on a report of a shooting.  Upon arrival the police located a 23-year-old male from Plainfield, who had sustained a non-fatal gunshot wound. The victim ...

Basement Fire Breaks Out on East Sixth Street in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A basement fire broke out in a home on the 400 block of East 6th St. in Plainfield on Sunday afternoon a little after 4 p.m.

It was quickly brought under control, according to sources. 

South Plainfield Fire was on scene to assist. 

Police Seek Help Locating Woman Missing Since Dec. 6

WATCHUNG, NJ - Police are seeking help from the public locating a township woman missing since Dec. 6.

A missing person investigation is underway into the disappearance of Helen Kim, 47 of Route 22 West, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Watchung Borough Chief of Police Joseph Cina.

Kim walked away from her residence ...

Plainfield Resident Among 472 To Graduate from ESU

December 13, 2018

EAST STROUDSBURG, PA (12/13/2018)-- A total of 472 students, including Zaria Cyriaque from Plainfield, NJ, will receive degrees from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania at the Winter Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 9:45 a.m. in Koehler Fieldhouse.

Cyriaque will graduate with a B.S. in Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management.

There will be 422 bachelor's ...

Plainfield High School Playwright to Take Stage on Friday

PLAINFIELD, NJ - When Jonathan L. Price takes the stage on Friday, Dec. 14 at Plainfield High School, he will be performing in Pulse, a production of his own inspiration, and a play about a young man trying to break away from his past.

Now a junior, this is Price's second play performed on stage at the school, and it’s an opportunity he takes very seriously.

“I am very ...

Superintendent Peter Capodice Retires from the Union County Vocational-Technical School

UNION, NJ – Family, friends, public officials and colleagues came together at a retirement celebration for long time Union resident, former Union mayor and Superintendent of the Union County Vocational-Technical School, Peter Capodice.

Capodice, 67, joined the Union County Vocational-Technical School District in September 1999 as the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary.

Fallen Heroes Remembered at National Wreaths Across America Day in Scotch Plains

December 16, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Historic Scotch Plains Baptist Church Cemetery (333 Park Ave. at Grand St.) hosted the local Wreaths Across America program in which wreaths are placed at veterans’ graves. The effort began in 1992 at Arlington National Cemetery and has expanded to 1,400 locations in all 50 U.S. states.

"The United States of America was founded on the ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: December 17-23

December 16, 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

The PMUA is sponsoring Helping Hands.  Starting today, bring little ones by the office at 215 West Front St. to pick out a new pair of gloves or mittens, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  While supplies last.  Share ...

NJ Devils Co-Owner David Blitzer Will Return to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School for Hall of Fame Induction

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- David S. Blitzer, a co-owner of the New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia 76ers, and Crystal Palace FC, will return to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on December 11 for his induction into the school's Hall of Fame.

A graduate of the class of 1987, Blitzer went on to study at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he ...

Rutgers Athletes Break Record Off the Field

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers student athletes this week gained recognition from the Big Ten Conference, with 86 Scarlet Knight players named to the Fall 2018 Academic All-Big Ten List.

The total number of recognized fall sport athletes is a record for the university, topping the 84 students who received the honor in the fall of 2015.

Brian Shushkovsk, of Morganville was recognized as one of 40 ...

VIDEO: The Plainfield Music Store's Vicky Griswold Recognized at Council Meeting

December 12, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Mayor Adrian O. Mapp presented a proclamation to Vicky Griswold at Tuesday's City Council meeting in recognition of her contributions to The Plainfield Music Store.  Founded in 1951 by Irving Rydberg, Griswold had taken over as owner in 1994.  The downtown business closed last month.

The proclamation, read by Chief of Staff Jazz Clayton-Hunt, stated Griswold is ...

New Project to Bring Manufacturing to Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield's Zoning Board unanimously approved the application filed by Brooklyn-based Carts Foodservice Equipment company on Wednesday after being presented with the project details by the company’s owner and its representatives.

Carts, a family owned and operated business in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn, NY, is a leader in the food services industry with over 25 ...

AAA: New Jersey, National average gas prices continue to decline into December

A report from the American Automobile Association (AAA) shows that the average price for a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey continues to decline, dropping seven cents from last week to $2.52 ($2.59). Today’s average price is 24 cents cheaper than one month ago ($2.76) and two cents cheaper than it was on December 3, 2017 ($2.54).

AAA Northeast’s ...

Popular Restaurant Addams Tavern in Westfield Readies to Reopen

December 11, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — A popular restaurant in the downtown that has been closed for about a year is preparing to reopen with a new menu and staff.

Denise Telerico, a manager at Addams Tavern, said on Monday the establishment is tentatively anticipated to open Friday but has some preparations to make after its yearlong closure.

While the interior and the exterior of the building appear ...

Judge Gives Addams Tavern in Westfield Green Light to Reopen

WESTFIELD, NJ — Nearly a year after being shut down over building code violations, Addams Tavern has gotten a state court’s approval to reopen.

The popular restaurant has all the government approvals needed to reopen, Town Attorney Thomas Jardim said Friday.

“There appear to be remaining issues as to drainage of rainwater and one issue with respect to ADA ...

Duck Donuts Set to Open in Clark Friday

CLARK, NJ – After a long wait and much anticipation, Duck Donuts is opening their doors to the public on Friday, Dec. 7.  The Clark store is the fifth location in New Jersey.

Duck Donuts starts with a warm made-to-order vanilla cake donut. After leaving the fryer, donut enthusiasts get to create their own donut combination by choosing from a variety of glazes, toppings and ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Send Cards to Detention Camp

December 14, 2018

EDISON, NJ -- Middle and Upper School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison created Christmas cards to send greetings and positive thoughts to adolescent immigrants who have been detained for several months at the Tornillo detention camp in West Texas after fleeing violence in Central America.

The facility, which was supposed to be temporary, houses 2,400 currently and the ...

Plainfield Residents Can Keep Warm with Help from Local Organizations

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Wintry temperatures are cool, but both a local Plainfield business and a non-profit group are providing resources for residents to keep warm.

Employees at the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority are coming together to help local children keep their hands toasty this holiday season.  Parents can stop by the PMUA office at 215 West Front Street beginning Dec. 17, from ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Attend Teen Hunger Summit

EDISON, NJ -- On Tuesday, December 4, a group of 25 sophomores and juniors from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison attended the Teen Hunger Summit at Seton Hall Prep in South Orange. This is the second year that W+H students have attended the summit, an event organized by the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.  

Students participated in breakout workshops related to ...

"Hate Has No Home" at Congressman Frelinghuysen's Office on Move Out Day.....

December 15, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Friday December 14th was move out day for Congressman Frelinghuysen. As the final pieces of furniture and belongings came out of the Congressional office on Schuyler Place in Morristown, demonstrators entered the building.  Like most Fridays of the past two years, the day was fraught with protestors, this time bringing a cake and a celebratory party mood. 

According ...

USDA Issues Class I/High Health Risk Recall for Shop-Rite Chicken Products

December 7, 2018

WOODBRIDGE, NJ – Amboy Group, LLC, a Woodbridge, N.J. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of raw boneless and skinless poultry products because the products are misbranded and may contain milk, egg, and

soy, known allergens, which are not declared on the finished product label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) ...

NJ Sharing Network Holds Send Off Event for Liver Recipient as New Year's Rose Parade 'Donate Life' Float Honoree

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The NJ Sharing Network recently held a Rose Dedication Ceremony for Jim Rhatican of Berkeley Heights, a liver recipient, who has been selected as one of the honorees on the "Donate Life" float at the New Year's Day Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA.

"Since 2004, the Donate Life float has added an emotional and deeply meaningful dimension to America's ...

PSE&G Soil Remediation Project in Plainfield Set for January 2019

December 5, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Businesses and residents in the Plainfield downtown area will see a lot of activity come the new year.  Representatives from PSE&G appeared before the City Council on Dec. 4 to give a brief presentation on the proposed soil remediation project that is slated to begin.

The contaminated site is located along East Fourth St. between Watchung and Roosevelt avenues, and is ...

PMUA Says No Plastic Bags in Plainfield Recycle Carts

PLAINFIELD, NJ - To comply with its recycler and decrease the number of loads rejected by the facility, the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority reminds residents that plastic bags cannot be discarded in recycle carts.

Recyclables must be removed from plastic bags, and placed loosely in the blue PMUA recycle cans.

MORE:  PMUA Instituting Dual-Stream Recycling in Plainfield in 2019

Holiday Happenings at State Parks Culminate with Re-Enactment of Washington’s Crossing of Delaware on Christmas

December 12, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — Holiday activities at the nearby Historic Village at Allaire are among a host of events planned this month at New Jersey state parks, culminating with the annual re-enactment of Gen. George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Day.

At Allaire State Park in Farmingdale, visitors can tour the historic village by lantern light and learn about Christmas ...

Celebrate the Season at the Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The annual Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo returns for the holiday season.

Every night, through December 31, guests are invited to enjoy the lights at Essex County's most popular park. The lights will not be on December 24 and 25

The 'Holiday Lights Spectacular' of 100,000 twinkling lights will run from 5 to 9 p.m. 

Turtle Back ...

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NJ Shops Take Doughnuts to the Next Level

December 15, 2018

We found some of the best places to get doughnuts in New Jersey.

While one of the most recognizable global brands, Dunkin’, is dropping the “Donuts” from its  name, smaller doughnut shops in New Jersey are seeing rise in demand for the tasty treats.

Jessica Dreyer, a fourth generation farmer at Dreyer Farms in Cranford, NJ, said that doughnuts have ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, December 17, 7:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Teen Anime Club Meeting at the Scotch Plains ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

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Tue, December 18, 1:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Afternoon Book Club at Scotch Plains Library: ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Blue Christmas at FUMC Westfield

December 16, 2018

Blue Christmas - A Service of Remembrance and Hope​

 First United Methodist Church Westfield will be holding a Blue Christmas service on Friday, Dec. 21, at 6:30 p.m. This service is a recognition that the holiday season is not always bright and merry for all.  Memories of grief, loss, and separation can overwhelm us.  As such, we invite all who are ...

Gerrymandering = Voter Suppression

December 15, 2018

Open Letter to Assemblyperson Linda Carter:

The Plainfield League of Women Voters requests that you vote “NO” against the redistricting proposal that is slated to come to a vote on Monday.  This proposal is “Gerrymandering” pure and simple.  

Eric Holder, the former attorney general during the Obama administration, has called on New Jersey Legislators to ...

More Than 300 Parsippany Jobs to be Eliminated from Conagra

December 10, 2018

PARSIPPANY, NJ - Conagra Brands has announced that it will eliminate more than 300 positions out of its Parsippany location, which will be in addition to another 200 positions that will be eliminated out of Cherry Hill. This news comes shortly after Honeywell announced a week or so ago that it is relocating its headquarters from Morris Plains to North Carolina.

Senator ...

Plainfield's PAAAS Winter Concert on Thursday / PAAAS presentará el Concierto Anual de Invierno

December 8, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Academy For The Arts and Advanced Studies, or PAAAS, will hold its annual winter concert on Thursday, and it will feature student performances in piano, jazz, vocal and dance.

Admission is free, and all are welcome.

DATE:  Thursday, Dec. 13
TIME:  6:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Grace Episcopal Church
ADDRESS:  600 Cleveland ...

Rapps Pharmacy: Be Prepared for the Flu Season

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The flu season may not be in full swing yet, but don’t be caught off guard. Pharmacy experts at Rapps Pharmacy have important information to help you to prepare for the season.

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death.  The best way to prevent ...

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – From the chilly winter in Sicilia to the warmth and summer joys of Bohemia, the scene and tenor shift halfway through “The Winter’s Tale,”

This convoluted plot involving Leontes, King of Sicilia and King Polixenes of Bohemia, circles ...

Chatham Players’ “A Christmas Carol’ starts the holiday season in style

Chatham Players’ “A Christmas Carol’ starts the holiday season in style

By Liz Keill

CHATHAM, NJ – Charles Dickens’ beloved “Christmas Carol” creates a cheerful glow at The Chatham Playhouse.

This musical version of the familiar tale features the author himself narrating, and sometimes taking part, in the story. Chip Prestera as Dickens once ...

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – From the chilly winter in Sicilia to the warmth and summer joys of Bohemia, the scene and tenor shift halfway through “The Winter’s Tale,”

This convoluted plot involving  Leontes, King of Sicilia and Archidamus, a Bohemian Lord, ...

‘A Doll’s House, Parts 2’ explores marriage, identity and compromise

‘A Doll’s House, Parts 2’ explores marriage, identity and compromise

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Leave it to George Street Playhouse to produce a play that works on so many levels. We have the familiar slamming-the-door exit of Nora Helmut, who abruptly leaves her secure life with Torvald for parts unknown

This play by Lucas Hnath received a successful run on ...

‘Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn’ shimmers and shines at Paper Mill

‘Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn’ shimmers and shines at Paper Mill

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – What could be more enticing than the rapturous music and lyrics of “Irving’ Berlin’s Holiday Inn” to sweep us into a festive mood for the holidays? The show, based on the 1940’s film of the same name, is a perfect choice… and one that keeps ...

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, ...

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult (Ballantine, 2013)

Jodi Picoult is the Law and Order author of our times. She uses stories “ripped from the headlines” as seeds for her plotlines and, thus, presents readers with a framework in which to discuss important societal issues, such as school shootings, teen suicides, and organ transplants. Picoult’s writing is compelling, and many of ...

The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena (Penguin, 2016)

 

For those readers who love thrillers, Shari Lapena’s The Couple Next Door, has the elements of a fine one. After all, stories about baby kidnappings are gripping as aficionados of the genre know. If the cops don’t get the stolen baby back within the first few hours of the kidnapping, chances are, the baby is dead ...

The Liberators

The Liberators: America’s Witnesses to the Holocaust by Michael Hirsh (Bantom Books, 2010)

 

“It was bad. It was very, very bad,” said Jay Dakelman, a medic with the 3rd Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. He was describing to me the first moment that he stepped into a concentration camp, somewhere in Germany, during the final months of World War II. Jay ...

Husky Foster Program at Tree-licious Orchards Provides a Better Life for Rescue Dogs

December 10, 2018

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- Tree-licious Orchards has a great reputation for their varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, but it’s also known as a foster home for rescue husky dogs. “Our huskies just love life at the orchard,” said Tree-licious partner, Ginger Kesler.

Housing huskies at the farm started as a way to help reduce the orchard of critters and provide a better life for ...