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The Week Ahead in Plainfield: October 16-22

October 15, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Here's a look at what's on TAP this week in and around the city.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield, NJ news and events.

MONDAY

Plainfield Vision 2025:  the third and final Public Safety listening session takes place at Washington School, 427 Darrow Avenue, at 7:00 p.m.  Having trouble making it to a session?  You can provide ...

VIDEO: Scenes from Plainfield Student Performances at Latino Festival

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Public Schools Latino Festival took place at the high school on Saturday, Oct. 14, with performances by students across the district, as well as adult groups representing music from Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and more.  The festival was in partnership with the Plainfield Arts Council and the Latin American Cultural Association of Plainfield.

The day's ...

Plainfield YMCA Fall Casino Night Fundraiser to be Held Oct 21

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Area YMCA will hold its Fall 2017 Casino Night fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 21.

The fun-filled affair will raise funds to benefit its many youth development and emergency housing programs, including its future housing program for youth aging out of foster care.

The event kicks off at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, located ...

VIDEO: Scenes from Plainfield Student Performances at Latino Festival

October 14, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Public Schools Latino Festival took place at the high school on Saturday, Oct. 14, with performances by students across the district, as well as adult groups representing music from Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and more.  The festival was in partnership with the Plainfield Arts Council and the Latin American Cultural Association of Plainfield.

The day's ...

Lantern Cemetery Tour of Aging Tombstones on Tap  -- If You Dare

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ If your love of history is stronger than your fear of zombies, then mark Saturday, Oct. 21, in your calendar.

As part of the Four Centuries in a Weekend history event, the Rev. Chaz Hutchison, pastor of the Scotch Plains Baptist Church, will lead a lantern tour of one of the oldest cemeteries in the area. The tour starts at 5:30 p.m. and will run approximately one ...

Rich In History- Elizabeth Sites Share the Spotlight in County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend Event

ELIZABETH, NJ –Take a walk through history at Union County’s annual civic heritage event, “Four Centuries in a Weekend: A Journey through Union County’s History” on Saturday, October 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 22 from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, along with staff and volunteers at 35 historic ...

Plainfield Vision 2025: Public Safety, Second of 3 Sessions Held Thursday

October 13, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The second of the three Public Safety listening sessions in the Plainfield Vision 2025 series took place on Thursday evening at Cook Elementary School.

The three topics selected for discussion this night focused on Traffic and Pedestrian Safety, Fire Safety Ordinances, and Safe Communities.  Some similar themes emerged in this session, comparable to what came out in the ...

Plainfield Draws Line On Sick Leave Tab

PLAINFIELD, NJ - An item on tonight’s (Oct. 10, 2017) Plainfield City Council agenda reflects a start on curbing accumulated sick leave costs.

If approved, Resolution R326-17 submitted by the Department of Administration & Finance would limit, for one category of employees, the practice of garnering a large unused sick leave payout.  Currently, the city allows employees to get ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Symphony Season Opener, North Ave Pedestrian Mall, PEA Forum, and more

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Did you miss any of this week’s top news stories on TAPinto Plainfield? Click on the headlines to catch up:

Doris Duke Author Dazzles at Tri-County History Fair in Plainfield

Bernice Paglia:  Plainfield Ponders Pedestrian Mall for North Avenue

Crescent Concerts Presents The Crosswinds Trio on October 15 in Plainfield

Vote-By-Mail Ballots Available on ...

Cops Arrest 4 After Stolen Car Crashes Through Fence in Westfield

October 15, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — UPDATED AT 12:15 p.m.

Around 7 a.m. Sunday morning, a stolen car left the roadway and crashed on the 1200 block of Central Avenue, according to Westfield Police Chief David Wayman. Four males excited the vehicle and fled on foot, he said.

Photos taken by the home's owner show that the car crashed through a fence and into the bushes.

The car was not ...

Scotch Plains Police Officers Commended for Helping Injured Elderly Couple

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Three Scotch Plains police officers, Scott Leyden, Zach Von Langen and Jason Everitt have received commendations for going beyond the call of duty to help an elderly couple who needed help following an automobile accident.

Both husband and wife, who have requested anonymity but wanted the officers to be recognized for their efforts. The man, a WII ...

VIDEO: Friday Fire Breaks Out at Roosevelt, E. 6th Street in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Late afternoon on Friday, a fire broke out in a home at Roosevelt Avenue and East 6th Street in Plainfield. In addition to Plainfield, both South Plainfield and North Plainfield responded to the scene.

According to Fire Chief Frank Tidwell, "this was an awesome stop."  He said the fire started on the first floor, and was in the walls.  Firefighters were ...

Armed Carjacking Occurred in Clark Wednesday Morning, Police Say

October 12, 2017

CLARK, NJ — Clark Police Chief Pedro Matos has confirmed there was a carjacking in the early hours before dawn on Wednesday on the 900 block of Lake Avenue.

According to Matos a man arrived home at approximately 4:30 a.m. and as he sat in his car two men, each with handguns, approached the sides of the vehicle and ordered the victim out. The suspects took some of the ...

WHRHS Football: Watchung Hills Tops Plainfield in OT, 9-6

October 14, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Watchung Hills varsity football team won its first game of the season with an overtime victory over Plainfield on Saturday, 9-6.

“Congratulations to Coach Seubert, his staff, and all of our Warrior football players on their thrilling OT victory today! said WHRHS Director of Athletics Chris Van Vliet. “We are very proud of you. Go Warriors! “

Brian ...

Concerts, Films, & Fun... Plainfield has Plenty on TAP this Weekend

PLAINFIELD, NJ - How will you spend this weekend in Plainfield?  Here are some ideas to help you make plans!

FRIDAY

The FUSP movie to be presented in the Second Friday Film Series is Don’t Tell Anyone, a film about the immigration experience in America.  The 2015 Peabody Award Winning Documentary and discussion will start at 7:00 p.m. 
Shiloh and Green Pasture ...

Plainfield-Queen City Historic 5K Walk/Run This Saturday

PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Saturday, Oct. 14, lace up those sneakers, and join the fun at the 7th Annual Plainfield-Queen City Historic 5K Walk/Run for Life event.

Day of registration opens at 7:30 a.m. at City Hall, with an invocation at 8:00 a.m. and Zumba® warm-ups.  The 1-Mile race will begin at 9:00 a.m., and the 5K walk/run will start at 9:30 a.m.

This event is a collaborative ...

Newark is Christie's top pick for Amazon bid

October 16, 2017

Newark is one step closer to becoming Amazon’s next headquarters.

The city has been selected by Gov. Chris Christie as the state’s endorsed recommendation to be the Seattle-based retail giant’s next corporate headquarters, according to a report in ROI-NJ.

Newark now joins more than 50 municipalities nationwide that are formally bidding on the ...

ALDI to Offer 250 Positions During One-Day Hiring Blitz on Oct. 11

NEW JERSEY - Grocery store chain, ALDI is hosting a statewide, one-day hiring spree at all 42 of its New Jersey locations including Piscataway on Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

"What’s unique about ALDI is their wages and benefits are higher than the national average for the retail industry, and much higher than the New Jersey minimum wage ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Symphony Season Opener, North Ave Pedestrian Mall, PEA Forum, and more

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Did you miss any of this week’s top news stories on TAPinto Plainfield? Click on the headlines to catch up:

Doris Duke Author Dazzles at Tri-County History Fair in Plainfield

Bernice Paglia:  Plainfield Ponders Pedestrian Mall for North Avenue

Crescent Concerts Presents The Crosswinds Trio on October 15 in Plainfield

Vote-By-Mail Ballots Available on ...

Savor the Fall with a New Jersey Winery Tour

October 3, 2017

Cancel the trip to Tuscany. New Jersey is receiving a great deal of acclaim for its vineyards with award-winning wines being produced every day. 

As Americans are enjoying fine wine like never before, the Garden State has become a destination for winery tours and tastings. Many wineries also offer delightful dining on their scenic premises. Take some time and make a visit to some of the ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: October 16-22

October 15, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Here's a look at what's on TAP this week in and around the city.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield, NJ news and events.

MONDAY

Plainfield Vision 2025:  the third and final Public Safety listening session takes place at Washington School, 427 Darrow Avenue, at 7:00 p.m.  Having trouble making it to a session?  You can provide ...

Plainfield YMCA Fall Casino Night Fundraiser to be Held Oct 21

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Area YMCA will hold its Fall 2017 Casino Night fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 21.

The fun-filled affair will raise funds to benefit its many youth development and emergency housing programs, including its future housing program for youth aging out of foster care.

The event kicks off at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, located ...

Shiloh & Green Pasture Baptist Churches Present a Concert to Help Storm Survivors

PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Friday, Oct. 13 join Shiloh and Green Pasture Baptist Churches for a concert to help storm victims.

Enjoy performances by:

Dale Ciceron & O4C
Jules Bartholomew & Juda Camp
Jermaine Dolly
Anthony Ponder & Ministry Desire
Andre Byrd
Livre'
Melonie Daniels

The concert will take place starting at 7:00 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, 515 ...

Former President Obama to visit Newark to campaign for Murphy

October 16, 2017

Former U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to roll into downtown Newark on Thursday to campaign for the Democratic New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy as the battle to run New Jersey heats up in the race's final weeks. 

Obama's appearance in New Jersey's largest city less than three weeks before the Nov. 7 election on behalf of Murphy is ...

Board of Ed Candidates Greet Public at PEA Forum on Thurs

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Residents and PEA members assembled at the BOE Administration Building to hear from Plainfield Board of Education candidates on Thursday evening during the PEA-sponsored Candidates Forum. 

PEA President Eric Jones said, “the 2017 Candidates Forum was an awesome success - despite the disturbing absence of three candidates.  The five who attended provided great ...

PEA Sponsors a Board of Ed Candidates Forum Thursday Night

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Get to know the individuals who are running for a seat on the Plainfield School Board at a Candidates Forum this Thursday evening.

The Plainfield Education Association, the sponsor of the evening's event, invited the eight candidates who will be on the ballot in November.

MORE:  PEA to Hold Board of Education Candidates Forum

The PEA Candidates Forum will be ...

Rich In History- Elizabeth Sites Share the Spotlight in County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend Event

October 12, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ –Take a walk through history at Union County’s annual civic heritage event, “Four Centuries in a Weekend: A Journey through Union County’s History” on Saturday, October 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 22 from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, along with staff and volunteers at 35 historic ...

Home Repair Grants Available to Plainfield Seniors

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The City of Plainfield has grants up to $500 per applicant available to Plainfield Senior Citizens to have repairs done in their homes. 

Seniors should preferably be retired, and have an income of less than $39,000, and be frail and/or vulnerable.  Applicants should include proof of their age, verification of their income and the application should be ...

Keep Orchids Beautiful and Blooming

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Lift your spirits, enliven your indoor décor or give the gift of beautiful blooming orchids.  You’ll enjoy these exotic blossoms for months with just minimal care – once you know what to do.  

Start with a healthy flowering plant.  The phalaenopsis or moth orchid is the most widely available and easiest to grow. It’s similar to ...

Concerts, Films, & Fun... Plainfield has Plenty on TAP this Weekend

October 13, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - How will you spend this weekend in Plainfield?  Here are some ideas to help you make plans!

FRIDAY

The FUSP movie to be presented in the Second Friday Film Series is Don’t Tell Anyone, a film about the immigration experience in America.  The 2015 Peabody Award Winning Documentary and discussion will start at 7:00 p.m. 
Shiloh and Green Pasture ...

“ASK” the Experts about Senior Services in Elizabeth

ELIZABETH--Elizabeth residents seeking information about services for seniors age 60 and older can visit any of seven Aging Services Kiosk (ASK) events in October to speak with experienced staff from the county’s Department of Human Services, Division on Aging and Disability Resource Connection.

The October schedule brings ASK events to libraries and other public buildings in ...

Free Flu Clinics in Plainfield Throughout October

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield residents who are planning to get a flu shot this season can do so at the following locations on dates throughout the month.

Oct. 12, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at City Hall Annex, 510 Watchung Ave.
Oct. 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at New Covenant Church, 225 East 7th Street
Oct. 19, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Angels for Action, 209 West 2nd Street
Oct. 20, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 ...

Former Governor Whitman Honored at Great Swamp Watershed Gala Celebration

October 13, 2017

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman was the honored guest at the Great Swamp Watershed Association 2017 Gala Celebration held Thursday night at the Brooklake Country Club.

Chatham residents turned out for the fundraiser that supports the yearly budget of the association, which is "dedicated to protecting and improving the water resources of the ...

Wardlaw + Hartridge Sixth Graders Explore Nature in Frost Valley

CLARYVILLE, NY -- The Class of 2024 at The Wardlaw + Hartridge School in Edison enjoyed a wonderful four-day trip to Frost Valley in Claryville, NY last week.

The sixth graders, who were accompanied by chaperones Tanda Tucker of Bernardsville, Andrea Barnett of Morganville, Kirstin Rogers of Parlin and Dina Congregane of Scotch Plains, experienced many adventures and took advantage of ...

Department of Justice: ISIS Sympathizer Arrested in Cranford, Plotting the "Next 9/11" with Two Accomplices

October 8, 2017

NEW YORK, NY – The Department of Justice released details of a thwarted terror plot to attack New York City during the summer of 2016 on Friday.

Three men, who were arrested in 2016 and 2017, planned to detonate bombs in Times Square and the New York City subway system and shoot civilians at concert venues in support of ISIS, according to the Department of Justice.

The three arrested ...

Expungement Information Sessions in Plainfield and Elizabeth

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The City of Plainfield, in a joint effort with the City of Elizabeth, will host an information session for individuals who have been charged with a criminal violation that was subsequently dismissed in court. 

Facilitators Akil Roper, Chief Counsel, Reentry, Legal Services of New Jersey, and Leonard Grayson, Reentry Coordinator for the City of Elizabeth, will explain how ...

Rich In History- Elizabeth Sites Share the Spotlight in County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend Event

October 12, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ –Take a walk through history at Union County’s annual civic heritage event, “Four Centuries in a Weekend: A Journey through Union County’s History” on Saturday, October 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 22 from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, along with staff and volunteers at 35 historic ...

Plainfield Developer’s New Park & Seventh Design Approved

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Planning Board has approved a new exterior design for developer Mario Camino’s building at the corner of Park Avenue and West Seventh Street.

MORE:  New Grandeur Planned for Park & Seventh

Camino received approvals in 2015 for 14 apartments over commercial space in the vacant building, with an all-glass exterior and balconies.

He told the ...

Plainfield Zoning Board Begins Hearing on Yates House

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield residents and many veterans thronged City Hall Library Wednesday evening as Zoning Board testimony began on whether to allow the Yates House for Military Veterans in the Van Wyck Brooks Historic District.

The proposal for an addition and creation of 25 apartments in the former Abbott Manor on Central Avenue previously brought a crowd out to the Sept. 26 Historic ...

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Philly Fun with the Freewalkers

Jenn's Journey North took a southbound turn to Philadelphia. This past weekend was spent attending events that celebrated the East Coast Greenway, and it didn't hurt that the celebrations included some of my favorite Freewalkers, too.

The East Coast Greenway is the nation's longest biking and walking route.  Their River Relay is a 25th birthday party, with events running from ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, October 16, 4:00 PM

Hannah Atkins Community Center, Plainfield

Homework Helper

Education

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Mon, October 16, 7:00 PM

Washington Community School, Plainfield

Plainfield Vision 2025: Public Safety

Government Police & Fire

Tue, October 17, 10:00 AM

Scotch Pl.,

F-SP Service League Thrift Shop Halloween Ready

Giving Back

Reformation Sunday Event at Crescent Ave. Presbyterian Church

October 16, 2017

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield is excited to announce the World Premiere of Meredith Brammeier’s “Martin Luther: A Journey of Faith” on Sunday, October 29th at 10:30AM for its Reformation Sunday worship service. Broadway tenor, Joel Robertson, will join the Chancel Choir for the event, and sing as Luther, himself in the piece. Dr. Deborah King will serve as ...

A Call for All Library Supporters to Vote "Yes" on Nov. 7

October 16, 2017

Dear Editor:

As a New Jersey resident and strong supporter of our local library, I urge all New Jersey citizens to vote “YES” on Tuesday, November 7 for the NJ Library Construction Bond Act, supporting libraries across NJ. 

Libraries are increasingly becoming the social hubs of our communities.  This act authorizes New Jersey to issue ...

Former TAP Reporter Receives Top SBU Communications Award

October 15, 2017

NEW YORK – Former TAPinto Greater Olean reporter Lian Bunny received St. Bonaventure University’s most prestigious communications award Tuesday in New York City at the 57th annual Mark Hellinger Awards.

Bunny, a 2017 summa cum laude honors graduate in journalism and mass communication, received the 2017 Hellinger Award at the luncheon, and Andrew Bevevino, who graduated summa ...

Want to Take Your Business Global? New Jersey Businesses Eligible for Grant Funding

October 11, 2017

Are you a New Jersey business owner who has already realized the potential of a global market or an entrepreneur seeking to increase sales and profit by taking your business worldwide? 

The New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC) has been awarded a $606,151 State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help New Jersey companies gain access to ...

'The Honeymooners' smart, snappy production

Smart, sassy production of ‘The Honeymooners’ takes off at Paper Mill

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – “And away we go” indeed. The creative team at the Paper Mill Playhouse has taken the seeds of “The Honeymooners” from 1950’s television and turned it into a smart, snappy musical.

Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton are still up to their get-rich-quick ...

The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot

The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot (William Morrow, 2016)

Okay, so Meg Cabot is not high brow literature. However, she is a New York Times best-selling author who definitely has her finger on the pulse of life as a millennial. Best known for her Princess Diary books about an American commoner, Mia Thermopolis, who suddenly learns in her teens that she is the princess of Genovia, Cabot has made her ...