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Gov. Murphy Announces New Programs to Combat Opioid Addiction

January 23, 2019

CAMDEN, NJ—  Gov. Phil Murphy and his administration were in Camden today to announce new initiatives the state is launching to combat the opioid epidemic — including adding opioid addiction as a condition under the state’s medical marijuana program.

The initiatives are part of $100 million investment made by the governor to fight the opioid crisis. In 2018, over ...

Rutgers Postpones Tuition Payments for Families of Furloughed Workers

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University will postpone collection of currently unpaid tuition and other fees from federal employees furloughed during the government shutdown, and their dependents.

“This is one way that we can minimize that stress and eliminate disruption of academic careers while the federal shutdown continues,” Rutgers University President Robert Barchi said in ...

Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman Introduces Two Bills to Address Gun Violence

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) reintroduced two bills to address the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in the United States by closing glaring holes in our firearms laws.

“Gun violence continues to plague our society at levels unseen anywhere else in the world,” said Congresswoman Watson Coleman. “In the wake of tragedy after tragedy, ...

WATCH: French School of Music's Judy Waters Recognized by Plainfield City Council

January 23, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The educational, cultural, and economic contributions to Plainfield by Judy Waters, Owner and Director of the French School of Music, were recognized by Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and the City Council on Tuesday. 

The French School of Music was founded in 1927 by Yvonne Combe who had been educated at the Paris Conservatory.  Combe was responsible for bringing ...

PAAAS Students Win at Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey Competition

PLAINFIELD, NJ – Students from Plainfield Academy for the Arts and Advanced Studies, or PAAAS, were winners in four categories at the statewide secondary school theatre festival and competition sponsored by the Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey (STANJ), in conjunction with the New Jersey’s Annual Governor's Awards in Arts Education.  The program was held at ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: January 21-27

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 Plainfield Public Library and the Plainfield Public School district will be closed.
The Plainfield Area Club of Frontiers International invites the public to its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast ...

Plainfield Fire Director Nominated

January 23, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A resolution was presented by Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp to appoint Martin J. Mandell as Director of the Fire Division for the City of Plainfield at Tuesday's council meeting.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Mandell was Deputy Fire Chief/Chief of Staff at North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue from March 1982 to July 2008.

North Plainfield Police Department to be Assessed by NJLEAC

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Police Chief William G. Parenti announced on Monday that a team of assessors from the New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission “NJLEAC” will arrive in the Borough of North Plainfield on Sunday, Jan. 20. 

The assessors will re-examine all components of the Police Department’s policies, procedures, management, operations, and support ...

Authorities Investigating Serious Crash on Route 22 in North Plainfield, Seek Public’s Help

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Authorities are investigating a three-vehicle crash on Route 22 on Saturday morning and are requesting the public’s help.

Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to the area of Route 22 East and West End Avenue, North Plainfield, New Jersey to assist the North Plainfield Police Department in investigating a ...

Plainfield Mayor Congratulates The Queen City Academy MLK Essay Contest Winners

January 23, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ – Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp  attended The Queen City Academy charter school's morning meeting on Tuesday to present a congratulatory proclamation to the winners of the MLK Essay Contest.

The contest participants were required to write an essay based upon the following question:

How can we as the QCACS community help create an ...

Rutgers Postpones Tuition Payments for Families of Furloughed Workers

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University will postpone collection of currently unpaid tuition and other fees from federal employees furloughed during the government shutdown, and their dependents.

“This is one way that we can minimize that stress and eliminate disruption of academic careers while the federal shutdown continues,” Rutgers University President Robert Barchi said in ...

Plainfield Public Schools Saturday Academy Classes Begin Feb. 9

Classes are free and open to Plainfield Residents

PLAINFIELD, NJ – A new session of classes in the Saturday Academy, a free academic enrichment program offered by Plainfield Public Schools at Plainfield High School, will begin Feb. 9.  Students and their parents are able to attend together.

Classes offered include: Art, Computer Skills/Typing, Chess, Math Concepts, Martial Arts ...

T-Mobile Store on Rte. 22 West in Scotch Plains Burglarized

January 22, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Officers responded to a burglary alarm at the T-Mobile store at 1943 Rt. 22 West  in Scotch Plains on Sunday, Jan. 20, at about 7:15 a.m.  

Several cell phones were stolen, according to the Scotch Plains Detective Bureau. The burglary is currently under investigation, according to the Scotch Plains police blotter.

If anyone has information about this ...

The TRAINing Walk: Walk 14 Miles this Saturday with the Freewalkers

January 23, 2019

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Looking for something unique to do this weekend? How about participating in a "TRAINing" Walk, which is a 14 mile walk, hosted by FreeWalkers, along the Morris & Essex train line route through some of the nicest and oldest communities in New Jersey. This walk is FREE and open to everyone.

This year's walk will start in Morristown and finish at St. James's ...

Boys Basketball: Plainfield Trounces Sayerville 77-47 in Martin Luther King Classic

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Plainfield boys basketball team beat Sayerville by a significant 30 points at Monday's 2019 Martin Luther King Classic held in New Brunswick.  The 77-47 win brings the Cardinals to a 6-7 record.

Tyejuan Taylor scored a team high 19 points and 13 rebounds, and he had 5 steals.

DaRon Montgomery posted 13 points, and Jamarques Lawrence and Jeremiah Whitfield ...

Plainfield Y.E.S. League Teams Compete at Basketball Hall of Fame Tournament

SPRINGFIELD, MA - The Plainfield Youth Empowerment for Success (Y.E.S.) basketball league took three travel teams this weekend to Springfield, MA to compete in the 10th annual Eastbay Presents Jr. HoopHall Championships, and two of the three teams won titles.

Micah Gordon, son of Plainfield Varsity Coach Mike Gordon, went 2 for 2 with titles after playing with his rightful age group for ...

Murphy Calls for Speedy Replacement of Aging AirTrain at Newark Airport

January 23, 2019

NEWARK, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy today urged the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to replace the aging AirTrain system that connects Northeast Corridor passengers to Newark Liberty International Airport. 

The AirTrain transports about 33,000 riders each day between Newark Liberty International Airport terminals, parking lots, rental car facilities and the Northeast Corridor Rail ...

End of an Era: Construction Begins on Wawa in former Fabricland North Planfield Location

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - It started with demolition. And now construction has begun on the new Wawa at the former location of Fabricland on Route 22 at Wilson Avenue.

After 57 years in North Plainfield, Fabricland and its sister company, Metropolitan Window Fashions relocated in 2018 down the road in Green Brook. They have been in business for 85 years, continuously owned by the same ...

New Jersey Rates Near The Bottom of 2019’s Best States to Retire: WalletHub

NEW JERSEY, NJ -- With almost 25 percent of all American adults having no retirement savings or pension, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on “Best States to Retire” list for 2019. To the surprise of few people, New Jersey ranked among the most worst, landing at No. 46 among the 50 states of the U.S.

WalletHub compared every state across 46 key metrics. The ...

Perdue Chicken Nuggets Recalled

January 19, 2019

Qunicy, MA – Stop & Shop has announced a recall by Perdue Foods, LLC of approximately 68,244 pounds of ready to eat chicken nugget products.  The action comes after three people filed complaints of finding wood in the food according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

The nuggets were produced on October 25, 2018: 22 oz plastic bag packages of frozen ...

Union County Offers Assistance Guide For Federal Workers Affected by Shutdown

January 18, 2019

County also announces drop off sites for diapers and feminine hygiene products; residents encouraged to make financial contributions to Community Food Bank of NJ

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced on Friday an online assistance guide for Federal employees who are experiencing hardship due to the prolonged government shutdown.

The guide can be accessed at ...

Plainfield to Hold Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance Events

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Take a look at some upcoming events in Plainfield that will honor and remember the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, Plainfield's Omicron Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity will hold its annual family-friendly event at Hubbard Middle School, 661 West 8th Street, from 1 to 3 p.m.  This year's theme is "Humanity Tied Up ...

NJ Supreme Court Dismisses More Than 780K Minor Municipal Court Warrants

January 17, 2019

TRENTON, NJ— If you have an outstanding arrest warrant for a municipal court case issued before 2003, your case may have been dismissed.

The New Jersey Supreme Court today dismissed over 780,000 minor municipal court warrants that have gone unresolved for 15 years or more. One of the cases dismissed dates back to 1976.

The order comes after a report by a three-judge panel recommended ...

Three Sentenced for Plainfield Killing of Jose Disla-Cordero

Three people who stood trial and were convicted for their roles in the fatal shooting of a Plainfield man in his home a little more than five years ago have been sentenced to a combined total of 140 years in state prison, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Friday.

Alejandro Lopez, 30, Mayrenid Hidalgo-Bautista, 31, and Rodney Rosario, 33, were sentenced Friday morning ...

New Party Primary Nominating Petitions

January 9, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield's Municipal Clerk, Abubakar “AJ” Jalloh, provided information from Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi on Wednesday that nominating petitions must include a candidate's email address.

Senate Bill No. 1974, adopted in July of 2018, requires that nominating petitions must now contain a functioning email address for each candidate. Jalloh said ...

Union County Clerk Launches “I Voted” Art Contest for Students in Grades 5-12

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi is pleased to announce the launch of the first annual Union County Clerk “I Voted” Sticker Design Art Contest for students in grades 5-12. All Union County students in public, private and home schools are invited to participate.

“The tremendous outpouring of interest in the 2018 midterm election cycle demonstrates that today’s voters ...

A helpful Guide on Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes

January 21, 2019

 SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Today’s high struggled to reach the teens, but it felt like -7 degrees.  Aside from keeping yourself, your neighbors and your pets safe, the Red Cross offers the following information on preventing frozen pipes.

Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, ...

How to Brighten Your Home with Houseplants that Bloom

Brighten your indoor décor with plants that bloom. Whether growing traditional favorites, flowering tropical plants, or annuals moved inside for winter; their colorful flowers are sure to elicit smiles and months of enjoyment. Just provide the right growing conditions and sufficient light and you will be enjoying months of indoor color.

You may have enjoyed an initial burst of color ...

Houseplants 101

Lift your spirits and improve your indoor environment by taking part in the indoor gardening movement. An apartment or home filled with tropical, succulent and flowering plants can provide beauty, extend your garden season, improve air quality and create a peaceful environment to de-stress.

Though some may find indoor gardening a bit intimidating, don’t let past failures or the thought ...

Gov. Murphy Announces New Programs to Combat Opioid Addiction

January 23, 2019

CAMDEN, NJ—  Gov. Phil Murphy and his administration were in Camden today to announce new initiatives the state is launching to combat the opioid epidemic — including adding opioid addiction as a condition under the state’s medical marijuana program.

The initiatives are part of $100 million investment made by the governor to fight the opioid crisis. In 2018, over ...

The TRAINing Walk: Walk 14 Miles this Saturday with the Freewalkers

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Looking for something unique to do this weekend? How about participating in a "TRAINing" Walk, which is a 14 mile walk, hosted by FreeWalkers, along the Morris & Essex train line route through some of the nicest and oldest communities in New Jersey. This walk is FREE and open to everyone.

This year's walk will start in Morristown and finish at St. James's ...

Plainfield's Special Education Parent Advisory Group to Hold Open House

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Public Schools Special Education Parent Advisory Group (PPS-SEPAG) will hold an open house for parents, providing an opportunity to network and learn more about how to become an advocate for their children.

Michelle Parello, Parent Advocate, is coordinating the event. 

"We would love for our special needs families whose children are attending school ...

Union County: When do I Take out Recycling? There’s an App for Knowing That

January 21, 2019

Recycle Coach App, Homelessness Initiative, Summer Events among Topics Discussed at First Union County Freeholders Meeting of 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ – All 21 municipalities in the county have submitted information to a cell phone application that tells homeowners when to take out the recycling, the county’s public works director said.

Roll out of the cell phone application, ...

Look Up: Total Eclipse of Supermoon Visible Tonight

PLAINFIELD, NJ – Sunday night, January 20 at approximately 11:41 p.m. a total eclipse of the moon will be visible, weather permitting.  Because the moon will nearly be in perigee, or the closest to the earth in its orbit, it will be a “supermoon.”

According to Spaceweather.com, in perigee the moon appears nearly eight percent wider than the average full moon.  ...

NJ Law Banning Smoking at Public Beaches and Parks starts Today

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation signed last summer prohibiting smoking at public beaches and parks in New Jersey goes into effect today. The bill, S-2534, updates the “New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act of 2006.”

According to the American Lung Association, more than 480,000 people die from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, making it the leading cause of preventable death ...

End of an Era: Construction Begins on Wawa in former Fabricland North Planfield Location

January 21, 2019

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - It started with demolition. And now construction has begun on the new Wawa at the former location of Fabricland on Route 22 at Wilson Avenue.

After 57 years in North Plainfield, Fabricland and its sister company, Metropolitan Window Fashions relocated in 2018 down the road in Green Brook. They have been in business for 85 years, continuously owned by the same ...

The Day Dr. King Came to Paterson

January 21, 2019

PATERSON, NJ- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was in Paterson for two hours at most. It was the third stop of a long day, and he was so exhausted he almost had to be propped up as he stood and spoke.  Still, 50 years later, those who were there remember the energy of his speech, and see it as a life-changing, landmark, event in Paterson’s storied history.

Though, as Jimmy Richardson ...

Plainfield to Hold Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance Events

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Take a look at some upcoming events in Plainfield that will honor and remember the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, Plainfield's Omicron Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity will hold its annual family-friendly event at Hubbard Middle School, 661 West 8th Street, from 1 to 3 p.m.  This year's theme is "Humanity Tied Up ...

Murphy Calls for Speedy Replacement of Aging AirTrain at Newark Airport

January 23, 2019

NEWARK, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy today urged the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to replace the aging AirTrain system that connects Northeast Corridor passengers to Newark Liberty International Airport. 

The AirTrain transports about 33,000 riders each day between Newark Liberty International Airport terminals, parking lots, rental car facilities and the Northeast Corridor Rail ...

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Brooklyn Restaurateurs Bring New Flavors to South Orange

January 23, 2019

Two new restaurants recently opened near each other in South Orange, NJ, both with Brooklyn roots.

Owners of the upscale American The Fox & Falcon and Latin street food specialists Miti Miti were drawn to the area first for their families, seeking more space in the New Jersey suburbs than they could find in Brooklyn. It wasn’t long before their culinary roots came ...

Upcoming Events

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Wed, January 23, 1:00 PM

New Covenant Church, Plainfield

2019 Point-in-Time Daytime Event

Giving Back Government

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Thu, January 24, 6:00 PM

Colleen Fraser Building (County Clerk), Westfield

CASA of Union County

Giving Back

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Thu, January 24, 6:30 PM

Plainfield High School, Plainfield

Open House: New Woodland Elementary School

Education

Freeholder Board Presents International TED Speaker and Executive Coach Lena Cohen

January 23, 2019

Internationally known corporate trainer Lena Cohen will be the featured speaker at the third annual Union County Means Business Networking Breakfast, “Building Better Business Relationships.”

The event will be held on Wednesday, February 20 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Kean University STEM Building, 1075 Morris Avenue in Union Township and is open to all Union County business ...

Coast Guard Rescues Man Stranded on Icy Island in Frigid Navesink River

January 22, 2019

RUMSON, NJ — In biting winds and near-zero temperatures, U.S. Coast Guard crews yesterday morning rescued a distressed individual stuck on a small island in the Navesink River.

At about 9:40 a.m. on January 21, watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook received notification from the Rumson Police Department that a 21-year-old man was stranded on the island — located west of ...

Plainfield: Aprende más sobre nuevo Woodland escuela primaria

January 12, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Un evento de apertura al público a cargo de la Autoridad de Desarrollo de
las Escuelas del Estado de Nueva Jersey para informar a la comunidad sobre la nueva escuela
primaria Woodland. La escuela será construida en la esquina de la East 7th St. y la Central St.
con una extensión de 13,28 acres que es de propiedad del Distrito Escolar de Plainfield.

Los ...

Featured Business: Storm's Automotive

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Having car troubles, or just in the market for a new mechanic?  Keep it local and get to know Storm’s Automotive, located right here in the Queen City.

Anthony Smith, owner of Storm’s Automotive, opened his business in 2014 in his backyard, and later located it at 230 E. 3rd Street in Plainfield.  When asked why Plainfield, Smith responded that it is his ...

Tony's Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Tony’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani (Harper and Collins, 2018)

When I was a teenager, dancing in my room to “Dancin’ Machine” by the Jackson Five or “Jungle Boogie” by Kool and the Gang, my father would, on occasion, poke his head into my room and query, “What are you listening to?” I knew that I was in for “the lecture,” how young people ...

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming by Michelle Obama (Crown Publishers, 2018)

Becoming by former First Lady, Michelle Obama, is an autobiography that exudes the grace of a woman who exemplifies everything that a female can aspire to become in today’s world. Throughout the book, Obama follows the theme that she sets out in the early chapters; the theme of “becoming.”

The chapters are organized into ...

The Clean 20

The Clean 20: 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation  by Ian K. Smith, M.D. (St. Martin’s Press, 2018)

 

Dr. Ian K. Smith has written a delightful and easy to digest new book, The Clean 20: 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation. Unlike many diet books that are mired in technical language that become not only a bore but a chore to read, Smith’s writing style is not ...

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, ...

How One Small Business Achieves Success by Empowering People with Disabilities

January 23, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- The founders of John’s Crazy Socks recently appeared on One-on-One with Steve Adubato to discuss their company and its incredible success. Founded in 2016, John’s Crazy Socks sells over 1900 varieties of socks, but is also driven by a social mission: to demonstrate to the world what people with disabilities can do.

John’s Crazy Socks was founded by the father ...