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Plainfield: 'Small Business Lease Emergency Assistance Program' Grant Application Goes Live Aug. 10

August 6, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Small Business Lease Emergency Assistance Program was recently announced by Gov. Phil Murphy, who said businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 in 64 municipalities, including Plainfield, will be eligible to participate. In all, $6 million will be distributed, with as much as $10,000 given to a business for rental payments. Since the announcement, updates have ...

Plainfield Zoning Board Application for 1127 Watchung Ave Moved to Later Date

PLAINFIELD, NJ — David and Cheryl Buckman's Zoning Board of Adjustments application, 2019-27-1127 Watchung Avenue, was on Wednesday's agenda. Board Attorney Peter Vignuolo said the application had been properly noticed and was "ready to go."

But earlier today, Vignuolo said he received an email from Mr. Buckman, who indicated that as a result of Tuesday's Tropical ...

With $600-a-Week Benefit Gone, Millions Face Financial Peril

As Congress wrangles over possible extension, many jobless people face a fresh struggle to pay rent, buy food

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Shaquaza Williams made ends meet with a lot of help from $600 a week in ...

New Jersey's COVID-19 Advertising Campaign Targets 30-something's 'Risky Behaviors'

August 5, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – The state’s new advertising campaign to raise awareness for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing is targeting, among others, the 30-and-under population because of the “risky behaviors” they have exhibited.

Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said the “For Each Other, For Us All” campaign is debuting this week in advertising across TV, radio, ...

Roundtable: What Health and Policy Experts Saw as COVID Exposed Structural Racism

Racial, economic disparities are driving calls for health care to be made more equitable

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NJ Spotlight and NJTV News hosted a virtual roundtable last week focused on the impact of ...

NJ Re-Tightens Restrictions on Indoor Gatherings As Transmission Rate Trends Up 

CAMDEN, NJ — With New Jersey’s rate of transmission (Rt) nearly doubling in a month - from 0.87 in early July to 1.48 today — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that he will again tighten caps on indoor gatherings.

“We believe that some of this increase is attributable to the number of indoor house parties and other events which we have been seeing across the ...

Isaias Causes Power Outage, Downed Trees and Wires in Plainfield

August 4, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Tropical Storm Isaias wreaked some havoc as it made its way through Plainfield Tuesday, with downed trees and live wires, and power outages being reported. The whirs of some generators can now be heard.

Areas to avoid include Leland Avenue heading towards Cushing Lane. Firefighters were on scene and flames were spotted on the ground. East Seventh Street had been closed ...

Plainfield: Live Wires Down with Grass Fire

PLAINFIELD, NJ — According to a Breaking News Network alert, there are live wires down with a grass fire near 1261 East 7th Street in Plainfield.

A neighbor on confirmed the BNN alert.

Avoid the area, if possible.

Possible Stabbing in Plainfield Saturday (Updated)

PLAINFIELD, NJ — According to a Breaking News Network alert, a stabbing took place on the 200 block of East 3rd Street in Plainfield on Saturday evening.

Both police and fire divisions were on scene. Police Director Lisa Burgess told TAPinto Plainfield "This matter is under investigation.  There is no confirmation that this was a stabbing."

Less than a month ago there ...

TAPinto National New Jersey Day 2020

July 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY - July 27th is National New Jersey Day. Today we're going to find out what's unique about the Garden State, and maybe settle some serious issues.

New Jersey was the third state to ratify the Constitution of the United States of America, the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights. New Jersey's central location amidst the thirteen colonies during the colonial era made it ...

Local Artist Shows Work at Plainfield Coffee Shop

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Artwork by Lisa Cyckowski of Fanwood was set up at The Coffee Box in Plainfield right before COVID-19 caused businesses to shut down.  Despite the closure, the colorful pieces continued to adorn the walls. Recently, the artist, who is a regular patron of the business, suggested to the owner some outside displays "to give a little color to the town," and he ...

What's New at the Plainfield Public Library

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Plainfield Public Library has been unable to open to the public. However, library representatives want to ensure residents that they are able to capitalize on available resources.

According to Library Director Mary Ellen Rogan, curbside delivery for Plainfield patrons will begin on Monday, July 13. Here's how you can reserve library ...

Remote Learning Gets Mixed Marks in State Survey of Families

August 4, 2020

Parents split on online instruction as prospects for fall opening shaky

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New Jersey’s seismic shift last spring to remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have ...

Petition: Restore Dion Roach as Plainfield High School Principal

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A petition has been created by Plainfield faculty, students and parents to restore Dion Roach as Plainfield High School Principal. The reappointment of Roach at the July 28 Board of Education's business meeting failed.

Board members Richard Wyatt, Cameron Cox, and Willie Pat Hembree abstained from voting on Roach's reappointment; John Campbell and ...

Tuesday: What's on TAP in Plainfield?

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield residents may find themselves having to choose which virtual meeting to attend on Tuesday night. There are three that overlap: a George Floyd Police Reform Commission public hearing, the Historic Preservation Commission's monthly meeting, and a Board of Education business meeting.

George Floyd Police Reform Commission

The first of two public hearings, ...

Young Elizabeth Salsa Dancers Performing in America's Got Talent Quarterfinals

August 4, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ — Two young salsa dancers from Elizabeth have made it to the live quarter-final round of America’s Got Talent.

Twelve-year-old Simon Ruiz and ten-year-old Maria Lopez have been dancing together for three years. They met at the Quimbara Dance Studio in Elizabeth and instantly became friends and dance partners.

Simon and Maria have competed at dance ...

Rutgers Athletics Announces 2020 Hall of Fame Class

August 5, 2020

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The Rutgers University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced the members of the 2020 Hall of Fame class including Eric LeGrand (football), Essence Carson (women's basketball), Jonelle Filigno-Hopkins (women's soccer), Alexis Gunzelman (women's gymnastics) and James Ford (men's lacrosse).

"We are honored to induct another ...

Union Catholic Track Legend Stars in Gatorade TV Sports Shown on ESPN, Elsewhere

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- If you thought you saw a familiar local face in Gatorade TV ads during the Red Sox-Yankees game on ESPN last night, you were right. Former Union Catholic track star and 2016 Olympic hurdler Sydney McLaughlin is featured in a current series of Gatorade ads entitled, "Ready to Play Anything," that celebrate the return of sports.

In the last few months, ...

Plainfield Mayor Tells Parents to Keep Kids Off the Field

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Two more Plainfield residents have succumbed to COVID-19, according to a press release issued Monday by the mayor's office. The number of lives lost stands at 112, and there have been a total of 2,313 coronavirus cases reported in town.

Tuesday, Mayor Adrian O. Mapp issued a statement calling on parents to keep their children from returning to high risk contact ...

Lord & Taylor Bankruptcy Comes as Westfield Sets up for Site Redevelopment

August 3, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — The parent company for Lord & Taylor has filed for bankruptcy protection — the latest indicator of financial distress for the owner of an expansive department store on North Avenue.

The online fashion brand Le Tote — which purchased the chain of Lord & Taylor stores in 2019 — filed for bankruptcy in federal court Sunday, indicating that it has ...

Murphy Adds $15M to New Jersey's Small Business Grant Program

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – April Scelsa’s story mirrors those of thousands of small business owners whose nail salons, coffee houses and nutrition supplement boutiques wouldn’t have been able to re-open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic without a little help.

Scelsa used money she got from the New Jersey Economic Development Agency (NJEDA) to purchase masks, gloves, ...

Local Man Runs 900 Miles Over 30 Days in Westfield for Clean Water

July 31, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — For the past 30 days, James Leitner has been running 30 miles each day in Tamaques Park. On Thursday, he ran his last mile of his latest endurance fundraising effort after surpassing his $30,000 goal to fund a clean water system for the St. Elizabeth’s All-Girls School in Uganda.

The Scotch Plains resident and 27-year-old founder of MissionCleanWater ran a ...

Volunteers Head into Week 13 of Food Giveaway in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Volunteers from local organizations, and individuals who just want to lend a helping hand, completed 12 weeks of packaging both shelf stable foods, and fresh fruits and vegetables, for Plainfield families in need on Saturday.

The food insecurity project initially began with the Plainfield YMCA, a branch of the Greater Somerset County YMCA, the Rotary Club of the ...

A Tearful Plea from US District Judge Esther Salas After Her Son's Murder

August 3, 2020

NEWARK, NJ - US District Judge Esther Salas released a video message two weeks after her son was killed and husband was shot multiple times during an attack at their North Brusnwick home. While barely holding back tears, she described the days before her son was killed and the moment when she heard the gunshots. 

Her message is that Federal judges need better protection. Their home ...

NJ Supreme Court Will Hear Ciattarelli Argument Against Murphy Borrowing Plan August 5

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Supreme Court will hear arguments on Aug. 5th from declared GOP gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli and his legal team against Governor Phil Murphy's plan to borrow $9.9 billion to balance the state budget,

Ciattarelli, a Hillsborough resident and former state assemblyman and Somerset County freeholder, insists what Murphy is attempting is not only ...

Plainfield: 2020 Primary Election Results

July 29, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield voters chose Steve Hockaday and Charles McRae, according to the official results for the July 7 Primary Election, for the At-Large and Third Ward seats, respectively, and their names will appear on November's General Election ballot. Following is a breakdown of the results for Plainfield and Union County Freeholder races.

A total of 6,665 votes were cast ...

6 Vying for Three Plainfield School Board Seats

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Six candidates are running for three open seats on the Plainfield Board of Education in the November 3 General Election, according to the Union County Clerk’s Office.

The deadline for candidates to file with the Union County Board of Elections was Monday. Board member Dr. Avonia Richardson-Miller, whose term will expire at the end of the year, is not seeking ...

PMUA Service Advisory for Plainfield

August 4, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority released the following service advisory Tuesday.

ALL ZONES: Due to Tropical Storm Isaias and the forecast of impending severe weather, PMUA closed today at 12:30 p.m.

Business will resume Wednesday, August 5, weather and road conditions permitting. Paper recycling collection will go on as normally scheduled, in ...

City of Plainfield to Hold Property Auction Later This Year

July 24, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The City of Plainfield will hold a property auction later in the year at City Hall Library, according to a notice from the Office of Communications. The bid package identifies properties that are non-conforming with respect to the bulk requirements of their respective zoning.

The majority of the properties are vacant land starting at $5,000; a two-family house and a ...

In ‘A Loss for the Community,’ The New Jersey Jewish News Ceases Publication

July 30, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Jewish homes across New Jersey, have been opening their mailboxes each week for generations, and receiving news of interest in the Jewish world around them in the New Jersey Jewish News: from the hyper local — such as start times for holiday services at different synagogues and who is memorialized in the obituaries — to local, national, Israeli, and around the world ...

Newark Airport’s Terminal One Will Open in 2021 as Air Travel Moves Toward Uncertain Future

August 2, 2020

NEWARK, N.J. — As an embattled travel and transportation industry confronts steep revenue fallout due to COVID-19, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is approaching a major construction milestone.

The $2.7 billion state-of-the-art Terminal One project at Newark Liberty International Airport will reach 60% completion this fall and open to travelers in late 2021, according to ...

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Virtual Wildlife Wednesdays for Children in Union County

The Union County Freeholder Board is pleased to announce a new virtual education initiative aimed at teaching children about animals and the important role they play in the environment. 

Wildlife Wednesdays kicks off on Wednesday, July 22nd with a program entitled “Frogs, Toads and Turtles” which will explain the difference between frogs and toads and turtles and ...

Upcoming Events


Thu, August 6, 7:00 PM

Zoom, Plainfield

Plainfield Planning Board on Master Plan



Mon, August 10, 9:00 AM

VIRTUAL PROGRAM - Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Writer's Workshop: How to write Science Fiction



Mon, August 10, 7:00 PM

Municipal Court - Council Chambers, Plainfield

City Council Combined Meeting


Libby’s Lunch: Foodies Flock From Near and Far for One Last Bite

August 1, 2020

PATERSON, NJ — Some 30 cars filled to capacity the two parking lots that surround Libby’s Lunch on McBride Avenue.

Word was out Monday evening that Libby’s Lunch — a restaurant long known for its chili dogs — would be closed permanently by the end of the week. Customers had come for one last chance to say goodbye to Libby’s.

“The food is what makes ...

New Jersey Date Night: Life’s a Beach in Avalon

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

A little seaside road trip makes for a perfect date and Avalon provides an unforgettable backdrop. You can enjoy everything from shopping to surfing and, of course, outdoor dining in this affluent shore town on Seven Mile Island.

Besides checking out the exquisite real estate, you and your date can ...

What taxpayers should do if they get a letter or notice from the IRS

August 5, 2020

Every year the IRS mails letters or notices to taxpayers for many different reasons.

Here are some do’s and don’ts for taxpayers who receive one:

Don’t ignore it. Most IRS letters and notices are about federal tax returns or tax accounts. Each notice deals with a specific issue and includes specific instructions on what to do.
Don’t panic. The IRS and its ...

A Letter to the Plainfield School Community

July 29, 2020

COVID-19 has redefined the way we live in ways unimaginable as we have never dealt which a pandemic of this magnitude in our lifetime. K-12 students across our nation are currently missing face-to-face instruction due to COVID-19 while educators face a complex decision concerning the amplification of the achievement gap between students of color and their counterparts. Policymakers will need to ...

Strange Seeds in Your Mailbox? Report, Don’t Plant Them, NJDA Says

July 30, 2020

NEW JERSEY — The New Jersey Department of Agriculture offered advice Wednesday after it got reports of individuals receiving unsolicited seeds through the mail from China.

“Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants or be harmful to livestock,” the NJDA said in a press release. “Sometimes the seeds are sent in packages stating that the ...

Plainfield’s Historic Preservation: The Past Meets the Future

July 23, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Spearheaded by a group of residents 40 years ago, Plainfield’s City Council enacted its first ordinance established to guide the City’s historic preservation policies. By 1985, 4 of the City’s 10 Districts had been designated and were successfully nominated to the State and National Registers. Today, with a population of roughly 50,000 people, Plainfield ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Darlene Cullen of TAPinto South Plainfield

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of August 2020 is Darlene Cullen, who owns and operates TAPinto South Plainfield.  With a background in business development, Cullen has built a profitable online local news business while providing high-quality, objective local news for the residents of South Plainfield.   

Q. Why did you want to franchise a ...

Shakespeare Theatre Scores with 'Crazy Love'

Florham Park, NJ - It’s such a treat to see a live performance in these difficult times. But leave iit to Shakespeare Theatre’s fearless director, Bonnie Monte, to deliver a delightful and provocative evening of Moliere and Edna St. Vincent Millay.

The setting is the outside lawn at the Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory in Florham Park. Located on Vreeland Road, the landscape of ...

The Source by James Michener

Retro Review

The Source by James Michener, 1965. 


It is nearly impossible to describe the scope of The Source, a remarkable historical novel by James Michener. Nearly 1000 pages long, the rich details about the evolution of humanity, from the days of the cave dwellings till the modern era, Michener regales us with details of the many civilizations that have dwelled in the ...

If It Bleeds by Stephen King

If It Bleeds by Stephen King (Scribner, 2019)

Stephen King’s fiction is alluring to his “Dear Readers” because King reveals much of his personal memories in his writing; childhood mischief, favorite comic books, and authors he considers worthwhile reading. King presents nightmares any author might encounter with a disturbed fan when he decides to off a favorite character ...

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni (William Morris/Harper Collins, 2020)

In writing a contemporary novel in the Gothic tradition, it is impossible not to compare aspects of great Gothic novels that have come before. The excellent, new book, The Ancestor, by Danielle Trussoni fits the description of a Neo-Gothic. However, drawing comparisons between previously written novels is half the fun ...

Zappa Trust Vaultmeister Joe Travers Speaks about Latest Releases from Vast Frank Zappa Archive

August 5, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA -- TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with Joe Travers, accomplished drummer and longtime archivist for the Zappa Trust, about his experiences maintaining Frank Zappa’s vast collection of recordings and the latest releases from the Zappa archive. 

Travers, who attended Berklee College of Music and has toured with acts like Duran ...