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Gov. Murphy to Deliver 2022 State of the State Address on Tues, Jan. 11

January 9, 2022

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy’s 2022 State of the State address will stream online and via social media on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Murphy is expected to discuss his commitment to leading New Jersey through the COVID-19 public health crisis, improving the lives of middle-class families, and building a stronger and more resilient post-pandemic ...

Plainfield, Meet Your New Council President and VP

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield's council reorganized on Wednesday, welcoming Terri Briggs-Jones, who will represent the Fourth Ward, and swearing in Mayor Adrian O. Mapp for a third term. Senator and Union County Democratic Committee Chair Nick Scutari popped into the Zoom meeting to congratulate the mayor, who was sworn in by Assemblywoman Linda Carter.

Nominations to elect a council ...

2021 Plainfield Year in Review: Government / Redevelopment

PLAINFIELD, NJ - It's a final look at a 2021 year in review, this time for government and redevelopment projects. Following are stories that topped TAPinto Plainfield's list for readers.

Government

Ida slammed into New Jersey to start September, stranding residents and flooding homes. Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency, and President Biden eventually declared a ...

Plainfield Reports 4 COVID Deaths, Opens New Testing Center at PPAC

January 19, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Tuesday's opening of a test center set up at the Plainfield Performing Arts Center, or PPAC, that includes rapid and PCR testing for the coronavirus coincided with the administration's report of 210 new cases of COVID-19 and four deaths of individuals between 50 and 69 years of age as of Friday, January 14.

There have been a total of 203 fatalities identified in ...

Here's How Plainfield Residents Can Receive 4 Free, At-Home Rapid COVID-19 Tests By Mail

UNITED STATES - Beginning Wednesday, January 19, the official launch for at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests will be available for all American households, announced the Biden Administration. 

According to the administration, testing is an important tool to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Public health experts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that ...

Booster Shots Now Available for Everyone 12 and Older

NEW JERSEY -- Booster shots are now available for everyone 12 and older in the state of New Jersey. 

Youths ages 12- through 15-year-olds are now eligible for a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot. In addition, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends that everyone ages 12 and older get a booster shot at five months after their two-dose series instead of after six ...

Pedestrian Fatality on South Ave in Plainfield Saturday

January 15, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield Police responded to South Avenue at Atlantic Street Saturday morning on a report of a pedestrian being struck by a motor vehicle, according to Acting Police Director Captain David Guarino.

Officers located an adult male victim, who was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The person's identity has not been released.

Members of the Union ...

Space Heater Safety Tips from the Plainfield Fire Department

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Frigid temperatures are in the forecast for Plainfield over the next few days. The combination of very cold air and strong winds will produce wind chills of zero to 10 below for the area late tonight into Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service. But before you plug in that space heater, keep in mind some important facts and safety tips.

A report published ...

Basement Fire at Plainfield's Park Hotel Thursday

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Thursday's fire that started in the basement of the Park Hotel on East Seventh Street, according to Plainfield Fire Director Kenneth Childress, was quickly extinguished.

Mutual aid from neighboring towns could be seen on site, and a Linden truck was parked at headquarters on Central Avenue.

Director Childress told TAPinto Plainfield there were no injuries reported - to ...

Frontiers International Plainfield Area Club to Host 46th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Celebration

January 11, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Frontiers International Plainfield Area Club is planning to celebrate its 46th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Celebration, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be hosted live on both its Facebook and YouTube channels. The event’s guest speaker will be Reverend Dr. Danielle L. Brown, Pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church.

According to the ...

Armchair Travelers Are Ready to Go 'Around the World in 80 Days' on Masterpiece on PBS Starting Jan 2.

NUTLLEY, NJ - A new year brings a hankering for travel. How about a trip around the world, and what if it was done in 80 days? Starting Sunday Jan 2, armchair travelers can step off on one of the most famous journeys in literature as 'Around the World in 80 Days' comes to Masterpiece on PBS. 

This contemporary adaptation of the Jules Verne classic features David Tennant, ...

Montclair State University's Fall 2021 Dean's List Includes Students from Plainfield

January 18, 2022

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair State University, a research doctoral institution ranked in the top tier of national universities, has issued a list of its students who have been named to the Fall 2021 Dean's List. The list includes a number of students who are from Plainfield.

The Dean's List, issued after the close of the Fall and Spring semesters by the academic deans, gives ...

Plainfield Students, Apply for the 2022 Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield high school seniors, it's time to apply for the Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship. DeLeeuw, a prominent Plainfield resident and a patron of the arts, established a scholarship fund to assist students in need in the Plainfield area for their pursuit of post-secondary education.

The submission deadline is Wednesday, March 9.

The scholarship fund, a part of the ...

Plainfield Resident Graduates from College of Charleston

CHARLESTON, SC - Plainfield resident Olivia Williams recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

Williams was among more than 330 students who received degrees.

Founded in 1770, and located in the heart of historic Charleston, S.C., the College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and ...

NJ Trooper, Driver Taken to Hospital After Westfield Crash, State Police Say

January 18, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — Two people were transported to a hospital for minor injuries after a state police trooper crashed head-on into a Honda that ran a stop sign in Westfield over the weekend, state police said Monday.

While charges had not been filed as of Tuesday, state police said, authorities are still investigating the crash.

The patrol car was headed west on Carleton Road Saturday ...

Vote for Plainfield's Tahmir Ellis in JSZ North Jersey Poll

January 16, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield's Tahmir Ellis has been nominated for the Jersey Sports Zone Week 2 Game Ball for his performance in basketball when he scored 20 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists at Union Catholic on January 11.

As of this writing, Ellis is ranked fifth among the 15,965 votes that have been cast.

Vote for Ellis in the North Jersey Division - polls are open through Tuesday ...

Girls Basketball: AL Johnson Beats Plainfield 50-35

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Lady Cardinals dropped a win to AL Johnson, 50-35, on Tuesday. Plainfield is now 2-2.

The opposing team’s top scorer was Dominika Kosiek, with 22 points.

Plainfield’s Angelina Almonte scored a team high of 13 points, followed by Ma'Ziyah Richards, who scored 7 points.

The Cardinals are scheduled to play next at Scotch Plains-Fanwood on ...

Plainfield Basketball Showcases Honor Two Residents

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Basketball showcases honoring the memory of two Plainfield residents, Kayla Spooner and Dii'Jon Allen-Jordan, took place Saturday at Plainfield High School. Due to health concerns related to COVID-19, fans were not allowed to watch in person, but the student-run Plainfield QTN broadcast the games live on its YouTube channel.

Spooner was supposed to graduate from Plainfield ...

Help Sought for Funeral Costs to Aid Family of Plainfield Victim

January 17, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield community is rallying to support a family who lost their husband and father by raising funds to help with funeral costs. Rosauro Herrera was with his wife when he was fatally struck by a motor vehicle Saturday on South Avenue at Atlantic Street.

In addition to his wife, Herrera leaves behind three children, two daughters and one son.

Funeral arrangements will ...

Plainfield Area Humane Society Invites You to Take the #BettyWhiteChallenge

PLAINFIELD, NJ - January 17th would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday. The Plainfield Area Humane Society is joining hundreds of shelters and rescues across the country by inviting everyone to take the #BettyWhiteChallenge.

Whether we first met her on Password, as "Happy Homemaker" Sue Ann Niven, as Delores Bickerman in "Lake Placid," or her five guest ...

(Postponed) MLK Day of Service with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County-Plainfield Club

POSTPONED: We received the following message from Club Director Hollingsworth.

Thank you for running an article about our MLK Day of Service Project, #BrownBag. I apologize but, I am writing to inform you that the event has been postponed to ensure the health and safety of our Club members and community! This decision was made based on rising positive COVID-19 case numbers in our community.

Certain Juvenile Justice Fines, Fees and Costs Eliminated Under New Legislation

January 14, 2022

TRENTON – Certain juvenile justice fines, fees, costs and other monetary penalties have been eliminated under the legislation (S-S-3319/A-5507) that was signed by Governor Murphy on January 10.

The legislation acts to improve the juvenile justice system by eliminating unnecessary costs.

“Eliminating these fees will contribute towards breaking the cycle of poverty that often ...

New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Law Strengthened

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey’s anti-bullying statute, already among the nation’s most stringent, will be strengthened even further under legislation Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

The bipartisan legislation (S-1790), which Senators Joe Pennacchio, R-Essex/Morris/Passaic, and Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., D-Middlesex, sponsored, improves protection for students by ...

Some Plainfield Ward Lines Redrawn Based on Census Counts (Video)

January 12, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield was one of ten county municipalities discussed by members of the Union County Re-Warding Commission on Wednesday. The options presented for the Queen City's population reallocations based on 2020 U.S. Census data ranged from affecting just two wards and one block to redrawing lines in all four wards and moving a council person out of the ward she ...

Grow Herbs Indoors in Plainfield for Year-Round Enjoyment

January 11, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Add garden fresh flavor to your meals year-round.  Grow a few of your favorite herbs indoors, harvest and enjoy.

Select a variety of herbs you and your family enjoy and use for cooking, decoration, or fragrance. Basil, chives, cilantro, oregano, marjoram, mint, parsley, sage and thyme are some of the easier herbs to grow indoors. Purchase plants or seeds from your local ...

Become a Certified Union County Master Gardener Volunteer in 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union County gardeners have a chance to sharpen their skills while giving back to the community, by joining the Master Gardeners of Union County. All gardeners at any level of experience are welcome to join this popular volunteer program, from raw beginner to seasoned expert.

“The Master Gardeners program provides Union County residents with new opportunities to ...

New Jersey Ranked No. 10 in New 'Best & Worst States to Raise a Family' Study

January 11, 2022

NEW JERSEY -- The reasons people choose to move include career transitions, better schools, financial challenges or just a change in setting. Wants and needs don’t always align in a particular state, though. For instance, a state might offer a low income-tax rate but have a subpar education system. Conversely, New Jersey is a higher taxed state known for its good schools.

When ...

Plainfield Planning Board to Hear from Applicant on 71-Unit Multifamily Building

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield's Planning Board members will hear from Communipaw Associates, LLC at its January meeting regarding the Applicant's property at 110-120 West 6th Street (formerly 107-09 W 5th Street). The hearing by the board is to consider the Applicant's request for preliminary and final site plan and deviation/variance approvals and design waivers for a 5-story ...

We're Moving Out: New Jersey Leads The Nation in Outbound Moves, According to New Study

NEW JERSEY -- We're moving out. 

New Jersey leads the nation in outbound migration (71%) for the fourth year in a row, according to United Van Lines' 45th annual National Movers Study. New Jersey, Illinois (67%), New York (63%), Connecticut (60%) and California (59%) have regularly appeared on the top outbound list in recent years and again ranked ...

St. Bartholomew Announces Open House for January 30, 2022

January 6, 2022

St. Bartholomew Academy will host an Open House on Sunday, January 30, 2022, from 11:45 am to 3:00 pm. The Open House kicks off Catholic Schools Week and is a great opportunity for prospective parents to tour the school, meet and visit with faculty and parents and learn more about the curriculum standards and mission of the Academy. The Open House will begin in the cafeteria, with current parents ...

Governor Phil Murphy Sworn In For Second Term

January 18, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — “Were all the votes counted?” joked Josh Murphy, as he and his siblings introduced their father during his inauguration for second term as 56th Governor of New Jersey. 

After the small roast from his four children and a speech from his wife and First Lady Tammy Murphy, Governor Phil Murphy took the podium following Chief Justice Stuart Rabner ...

Governor Murphy Allocates Funding For School Security Systems in Dozens of Districts

NEW JERSEY — Dozens of New Jersey school districts will receive more money to help upgrade their security systems. 

Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that appropriates a total of $5,150,531 from the “Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act” to provide grants for school security projects in 60 New ...

Local Leaders Hail $1.1 Billion Investment in New Jersey Bridges

Nationwide Bridge Day celebrates Biden administration’s big investment in nation’s decaying bridges

PATERSON, NJ – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today announced the Biden administration is investing $1.1 Billion to replace or rehabilitate aging bridges in New Jersey. This funding is part of a whopping $26.5 billion to states across our nation, the District of ...

VIDEO: Promising COVID-19 News in New Jersey, Kids Helping Kids & Honoring a Hero

January 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — There's new promising news that the COVID-19 surge in New Jersey is slowing. Plus, generous kids are using their hearts to help other kids. Also, one community prepares to honor a local hero, as he celebrates a milestone.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank.

Now in New Jersey ...

VIDEO: Weeks After Giving Birth, Mom Dies of COVID-19; Teen Helps Girls & The Environment

NEW JERSEY — A community is remembering a New Jersey mother of four who died of COVID-19, just weeks after giving birth.  Plus, a high school freshman is going green and helping other girls at the same time.  Also, a little bit of luck changes 'lost' to 'found.'

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to ...

VIDEO: Remembering Teenage COVID-19 Victim, City's Milestone and Restoring History

NEW JERSEY — As one New Jersey community mourns a COVID-19 victim, another is recognizing a new milestone.  Plus, a legendary figure in Trenton reflects on decades of service.  And a community spends months restoring history.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank.

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Earns Eagle Scout Ranking

EDISON, NJ -- It took longer than expected, but Matt Piccoli of Somerset, a junior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, is proud to be following in his father’s footsteps as an Eagle Scout.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge student was on track to achieve this milestone about two years ago, but then the pandemic put everything on hold. He had planned for his project to take place in the ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle Schoolers Enjoy Serving as Teachers for the Day

EDISON, NJ -- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison enjoyed the opportunity to share their passion and expertise as a teachers for the day on the final day of classes before Winter Break. The day began with a special Middle School breakfast and was followed by three rotations of offerings, giving the students opportunities to attend multiple sessions.

Topics ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Named to CJMEA Bands

EDISON, NJ -- On Saturday, December 12, Luke Tan of Edison, a sophomore at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, auditioned for the CJMEA Region High School Bands and Orchestra at J.P. Stevens High School in Edison. Out of 30 percussion students in grades 9-12, Luke achieved the second highest audition score on battery percussion and the highest score for timpani, earning him the solo ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Attend Diversity Leadership Conference

EDISON, NJ -- Four Upper School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison participated in a Student Diversity Leadership Conference in December. The weeklong online conference was an enlightening experience for W+H students Gbemi Olarewaju of Piscataway and Annie Gu, Phyllis Liu and Krishna Patel, all of Edison. 

The SDLC was part of the National Association of Independent ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School Musical Cast List Announced

EDISON, NJ -- The Performing Arts Department at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison has announced the cast list for the upcoming musical Shrek Junior. Auditions and callbacks were held Dec. 5 and a busy rehearsal schedule began with virtual sessions on Jan. 2 and 3. The Middle School musical is scheduled to be held Saturday, Feb. 12 with performances at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Berry ...

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Wed, January 19, 3:00 PM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Free COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster

Health & Wellness

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Plainfield High School, Plainfield

Boys Basketball vs. Linden

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Zoom, Plainfield

Plainfield Zoning Board

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Saint Joseph Pins Woodbridge, 61-9, on Senior Night

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph wrestling continued its dominance on the mats with a 61-9 victory over visiting Woodbridge on Senior Night. After the match, head coach Michael Carbone discussed the impact of his seniors on the program:

Seniors

Aidan Pierce
"Aidan has been a four-year starter for the Falcons but unfortunately had his season end early due to a shoulder injury. Aidan ...

SJHS Hockey Hits Historic 800th Game and 200th Win in Same Night

METUCHEN, NI – It was a milestone day all around for St. Joseph High School’s hockey team on January 12 when the team completed its 800th game as an athletic program for the school. Making the night even more special coach Ryan Carter won his 200th game as head coach of the team.

Carter and Coach Kolodney are foundations in the hockey program at Saint Joseph high school as they are ...

SJHS Announces Seniors of the Month

METUCHEN, NJ - St. Joseph High announced their seniors of the month recently.  This month featured Mekai Matthews and Anthony Wright.

Mathews is a resident of Somerset, NJ and a proud member of the graduating Class of 2022 at St. Joseph’s High School in Metuchen. Since attending St. Joseph’s, Mekai has come to embrace the importance of servant leadership in academics, ...

“February Festivities” All-Ages Winter Fun Returns to Trailside

January 16, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Union County residents looking for family-friendly outdoor fun during President’s Day weekend are invited to visit Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center for a special series of outdoor nature programs. Trailside is located in the Watchung Reservation at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside. Ample free parking is available at the ...

New Jersey's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission Falls Below 1.0

January 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — The COVID-19 Rate of Transmission, the measurement of how much the virus is spreading, fell below 1.0 on Tuesday to 0.96.  A number below 1.0 means the outbreak is on the decline, with every infected person spreading COVID-19 to fewer than one additional person, on average.

The State Health Department confirmed 9,073 additional new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

To Sir Sidney Poitier, With Love

January 8, 2022

A person who uses their talents to make a meaningful positive impact on society is to be celebrated.

Sidney Poitier's career was beautiful art, not just because he was successful, but because he was successful challenging racism in Hollywood and the United States as a whole.

He used his talent and profession to be a change maker.

He was a barrier breaker, an effective active ...

TAPinto Recognizes Local Sites in Annual Awards

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto is recognizing three of its local news sites for excellence in 2021.

"TAPinto's 2021 award winners best exemplify the characteristics that are key to success here at TAPinto:  a commitment to providing high-quality objective local news, a passion for entrepreneurship, and a dedication to teamwork," Michael Shapiro, Founder and CEO of ...

TAPinto Recognizes Local News Sites With One Million Plus Pageviews in 2021

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro is congratulating eight TAPinto local news sites with more than one million pageviews in 2021.

"The site traffic of these TAPinto sites is tremendous and a testament to the high-quality, original local news stories each of them produces every day," Shapiro said.  "It demonstrates once again that ...

TAPinto Announces State News Section: 'News Around New Jersey'

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto has launched a new section for statewide news in New Jersey.  News Around New Jersey has stories that impact residents all over the state - from decisions made by state and local leaders to pending legislation in Trenton to business newsmakers in New Jersey.

Veteran journalist and New Jersey native Kristina Behr reports on original content ...

TAPinto Ridgewood Publisher Jason DeAlessi Talks About His Passion for the Community & Its Future

RIDGEWOOD, NJ — If there's one thing you need to know about TAPinto Ridgewood publisher Jason DeAlessi, know this:

He loves Ridgewood.  And it's been that way for a long time.

"As a kid, we used to go down to the county park in Ridgewood and then eat at the old Country Pancake House, and my dad would take me bike riding," DeAlessi said.

DeAlessi, ...

The Sailor's Bookshelf: 50 Books to know the Sea by Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.)

The Sailor’s Bookshelf: Fifty Books to Know the Sea by Admiral James Stavridis, USN (RET.) (Naval Institute Press, 2021).

 

The first review that I published with the tapinto franchise was entitled 50 Books That Went to War. That volume recounted the books that were popular with the men and women who served our country during World War II. The fascinating list of works, which ...

Autopsy by Patricia Cornwell

Autopsy by Patricia Cornwell. (William Morrow, 2021)

 

Harry Bosch. Tempe Brennan. Peter Decker. Lincoln Rhyme. Alex Cross. These are the fictional crime fighters that have captured my imagination for decades. Without a doubt, however, my favorite character in hard core detective literature is Dr. Kay Scarpetta, medical examiner, created by Patricia Cornwell. Scarpetta is a hard ...

1984 by George Orwell

Retro Review

1984 by George Orwell. (1949, Harcourt).

I’m not a fan of dystopian fiction because stories that predict a darker world than the one we live in now are frightening beyond my imagination. In high school we read the triumvirate of dystopian novels t (then known as “anti-utopian'') that were popular at the time: Brave New World, Animal Farm, and 1984. Despite ...

The Judge's List by John Grisham

The Judge’s List by John Grisham (Doubleday, 2021)

In the Author’s Note of John Grisham’s latest thriller, The Judge’s List, Grisham states, “When last seen in The Whistler, Lacy Stoltz was recovering from injuries and struggling with her future. I’ve thought a lot about her since then and always wanted to bring her back for one more adventure. I could not, ...

The Nazi Titanic: The Incredible Untold Story of a Doomed Ship in World War II by Robert P. Watson

The Nazi Titanic: The Incredible Untold Story of a Doomed Ship in World War II by 

Robert P. Watson. (De Capo Press, 2016).

 

The sinking of the famous British luxury ship, Titanic, is etched indelibly in our imaginations, even today, over 100 years after she succumbed to an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Books, movies, and the story of locating the wreck in the 1980s and ...