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Wawa Receives Preliminary Site Plan Approval for Plainfield South Ave East Location

March 22, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Almost 100 residents and business owners turned out on Wednesday to voice their opposition to a proposal that was before Plainfield’s Planning Board for preliminary and final site plan approval to construct a Wawa food market that would include fueling stations.  The meeting had been adjourned on March 7, and was moved to the larger venue at the high ...

Gov. Phil Murphy Visits Maplewood, Talks NJ Transit, Marijuana, and more

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – It was a busy day at the NJ Transit General Office Building in Maplewood on Tuesday.

Workers in the agency’s Emergency Operations Center were monitoring information in real-time, including everything from the agency’s bus terminals to its rail stations when Gov. Phil Murphy toured the facility.

Murphy then spoke during a press conference about ...

Measure to Rename a Part of Route 27 “Jerry Green Memorial Highway” Signed into Law

TRENTON, NJ – In honor of the life-long career in public service of Assemblyman Jerry Green who represented Legislative District 22 for 16 years, legislation (A-4073) sponsored by Assembly Democrats Jamel C. Holley, Linda Carter, James Kennedy and Annette Quijano to designate the portion of the State Highway Route 27 in Union County as “Jerry Green Memorial ...

Union County Senior Art Exhibit Now Accepting Registrations from Artists Age 60 and Older

March 22, 2019

Residents of Union County, age 60 or older, are invited to register for the Union County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit. Qualifying works of art will be on display at the Atrium of Liberty Hall Center at 1085 Morris Avenue in Union from May 28 to July 8, and the artists will be guests at a special awards reception at the Atrium in June.

The deadline to register is Wednesday, May ...

Plainfield's Drake House Museum to Hold Women's History Month Lecture

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Historical Society of Plainfield will host a lecture entitled “Reclaiming Our Voice:  New Jersey’s Central Role in the Fight for Woman Suffrage” on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m. at the Drake House Museum.   

Carol Simon Levine will be portraying Lillian Feickert, president of the New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association from 1912-1920, who ...

Watchung's Cinemark Theater Opening Soon, Shoppes at Watchung Under Construction

WATCHUNG, NJ - One more month. Cinemark Holdings has announced that the tentative grand opening of its newest movie theater, Cinemark Watchung and XD (1670 Route 22 East, Watchung) is expected to be in one month, at the start of spring break,  April 19.

Chick-Fil-A, Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, Ulta Beauty, Sierra Trading Post, and Home Sense have announced they are also opening at ...

Plainfield Police Seek Ayannah Moyd, Wanted for Computer Criminal Activity, Theft

March 21, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Police Division's Criminal Investigation Bureau is seeking Ayannah Moyd, wanted for computer criminal activity and theft.

According to the release, Moyd has an active Warrant for computer criminal activty (2nd degree) and theft by deception (3rd degree).

Moyd, born 6/4/2000, is 5' 9" and 130 lbs; she has a tattoo on her back that says ...

Scotch Plains Fire Department Rushes from Drill at IHM to Battle Real Fire on Rahway Road

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Members of the Scotch Plains Fire Department were going through demolition exercises at the vacated rectory at Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Church when they were summoned to use those skills for real at a structure fire on Rahway Road two miles away.

All ready firefighters quickly climbed down from the roof of the rectory and rushed to the blaze less than two miles ...

Warrant Issued for Plainfield Man Wanted for Aggravated Assault

NEWARK, NJ - A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Tramaine Dedmon, 20, of Plainfield, who is wanted for an aggravated assault in an incident that occurred on Wednesday, according to Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose.

At approximately 5:40 p.m., 1st Precinct officers responded to a Central Ward residence on a call of a man pointing a firearm at a woman he knows ...

Plainfield Teacher Named 2019 Literacy Teacher of the Year

March 22, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Shalonda Archibald, a Reading Specialist at Maxson Middle School in Plainfield, was named 2019 Literacy Teacher of the Year by the New Jersey Literacy Association.

Dr. Ken Kunz, President of the New Jersey Literacy Association, a professional network of educators that promotes advancing literacy education, made the announcement at the association’s board meeting ...

Register Now for the Summer Youth Program at Union County College

CRANFORD – This summer the Office of Continuing Education at Union County College is expanding its course offerings for youth ages 11-18.  Taught by NJ-certified teachers and subject matter experts that specialize in delivering high-quality youth programs, classes will begin on June 24 and run through August 22. All courses will be held Monday through Thursday. 

Classes offered ...

Plainfield Board of Ed Calls Special Meeting

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Board of Education has announced that it will hold the following meetings on Tuesday, March 26 at Plainfield High School.

A special meeting open to the public will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room.
The board will go into executive session at 6:40 p.m.

The time for the public meeting has been confirmed, and is published on the TAPinto ...

Union County Senior Art Exhibit Now Accepting Registrations from Artists Age 60 and Older

March 22, 2019

Residents of Union County, age 60 or older, are invited to register for the Union County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit. Qualifying works of art will be on display at the Atrium of Liberty Hall Center at 1085 Morris Avenue in Union from May 28 to July 8, and the artists will be guests at a special awards reception at the Atrium in June.

The deadline to register is Wednesday, May ...

Plainfield Names Don Sofilkanich as Head Football Coach

March 20, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ – Don Sofilkanich, a renowned high school coach with three consecutive State titles and several players who went on to the NFL, has been appointed head football coach for the Plainfield Cardinals.

The Cardinals went 2-9-0 in its 2018 season under Coach Corey Tucker.

Sofilkanich will oversee the entire football program at Plainfield High School and the middle schools. He ...

Trinitas Looking into Possibility of Merger with Larger Hospital Chain

March 22, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ - Talks of a possible merger between Trinitas Regional Medical Center and the Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health System have emerged this week. 

While there had been no formal announcement of a deal being reached by Trinitas, some employees have been notified of the talks. 

In a letter sent out by Trinitas CEO Gary S. Horan this week, he told employees the hospital ...

Wawa Receives Preliminary Site Plan Approval for Plainfield South Ave East Location

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Almost 100 residents and business owners turned out on Wednesday to voice their opposition to a proposal that was before Plainfield’s Planning Board for preliminary and final site plan approval to construct a Wawa food market that would include fueling stations.  The meeting had been adjourned on March 7, and was moved to the larger venue at the high ...

Raritan Valley Line Mayors Alliance Encourages Towns to Pass Resolutions Calling for Restoration of Direct Train Service to NYC

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Borough Council has passed a resolution calling on Governor Murphy, DOT Commissioner Guteirrez-Scaccetti, and State Senators to restore the off-peak direct "one-seat ride" service into New York City along NJ Transit's Raritan Valley Line (RVL).

Service was suspended on RVL, Atlantic City and Princeton Lines in 2018. The other lines have been ...

Rocko’s Ice Cream in Fanwood to Reopen for the Spring Season on Sat, March 16

March 13, 2019

FANWOOD, NJ -- The signs of spring are abound as the last traces of March snow have melted and the daffodils what stuck their heads out of the ground. Another sign of the changing season is the return of Rocko's Ice Cream (38 South Martine Ave.) in Fanwood.

"I'm really looking forward to having the kids come back now that the weather is nicer," said owner Brandon ...

Groupon Makes Good on Deal for Shuttered Westfield Restaurant

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Italian restaurant on Elm Street announced its final closure last Tuesday, but seven days later, Groupon hadn’t gotten the message.

As of Tuesday morning, the e-commerce marketplace was still selling Groupon deals to the restaurant. The deal: $33 for $50 worth of food, marked down from an initial offering of $35, the website stated.

By Tuesday afternoon, and ...

Women's History Month Event at Masjidullah Plainfield this Weekend

March 18, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Masjidullah Plainfield is planning to hold a Women's History Month event, entitled Overcoming Obstacles to Success, with donations benefiting its community soup kitchen that serves up to sixty people each week.

The Muslim Community Soup Kitchen was started in 1989 by eight members of Masjidullah to feed the hungry, and the organization was incorporated as a not-for-profit ...

Plainfield’s Mayor to be Honored at Homefirst’s Evening of Thanks

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services will host its annual Evening of Thanks on April 10, 2019, 6 PM – 9:30 PM at the Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains, honoring the contributions of four community philanthropist. This year’s honorees are:

Benjamin Serna, Homefirst Hero
Armando Guerra, NJ Governor of Lions Club International (District ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students’ Variety Show Lifts Senior Citizens

EDISON, NJ -- Wardlaw+Hartridge Upper School students brightened the spirits of the senior citizens at the Care One facility with a variety show on March 3. 

Performers included Krishna Patel of Edison, Matangi Melpakkam of Piscataway, Jerry Zhang of Edison, Kallie Schildge of Westfield, Pooja Nandhyala of Edison, Katherine Hernandez of Elizabeth, Ananya Murlidharan of Edison, Izabel ...

“Ghost Gun” Company Sued by NJ AG for Offering Untraceable Guns in NJ

March 23, 2019

TRENTON,NJ – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal has filed suit against a “ghost gun” company that allegedly sold an assault firearms kit online to an undercover state investigator. This marks the first such lawsuit against a ghost gun distributor.

“Ghost guns” are partially-assembled firearms sold with the parts needed to create a fully-operational gun – ...

Plainfield Tax Preparers Admit Roles in Tax Fraud Scheme

NEWARK – Two tax preparers from Plainfield admitted on Monday their respective roles in conspiring to defraud the IRS, filing false personal tax returns, and witness tampering, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Samuel Davis Jr., 52, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton in Newark federal court to one count of conspiring to defraud the IRS by aiding and ...

TAPinto Plainfield Election Policies for Candidates Running for Public Office

March 18, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - With local elections coming up soon, it is once again time to share TAPinto Plainfield's election policies. 

Candidate Statements: 

Candidates can submit a maximum of one candidate statement per week (including photos).  For the primary election, statements can be submitted through the week before Election Day.  Publication of candidate statements is ...

Filing April 1 for Two Plainfield Council Seats, 68 Committee Seats

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Candidates must file petitions by 4 p.m. April 1 for two four-year City Council seats and 68 two-year Democratic City Committee seats on the June 4 Primary ballot.

Council winners on June 4 will be on the November 5 general election ballot. Democratic Committee winners, a male and female in each of Plainfield’s 34 voting districts, will reorganize on the Monday following ...

Deadline for Filing Primary Petitions Nearing

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The deadline for filing a petition to run in a June Primary Election as a Democratic or Republican candidate is Monday, April 1, 2019. Candidates who are interested, should register with the Union County Clerk's Office.  Independent candidates for both countywide and municipal office have until Primary Day.

Voters who wish to apply for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot can do ...

Hydroponic Vegetable Garden Brightens Up Senior Residence in Plainfield

March 22, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ – A new hydroponic garden funded by Union County has been brightening up the winter months at the Richmond Terrace senior housing apartments in Plainfield. The new garden was funded through the Freeholder Board’s Union County Means Green community garden grant program.

“The hydroponic garden brings the residents of Richmond Tower together and engages them ...

Trinitas Looking into Possibility of Merger with Larger Hospital Chain

March 22, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ - Talks of a possible merger between Trinitas Regional Medical Center and the Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health System have emerged this week. 

While there had been no formal announcement of a deal being reached by Trinitas, some employees have been notified of the talks. 

In a letter sent out by Trinitas CEO Gary S. Horan this week, he told employees the hospital ...

Plainfield Receives “Healthy Town” Designation for 2018

PRINCETON, NJ — The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute has issued its annual New Jersey “Healthy Town” designation to Plainfield and seven other communities participating in the Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC), a program of the Quality Institute, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. 

Another seven towns were designated as 2018 ...

Public Health Alert: Potential Measles Exposure at Newark Liberty International Airport

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey Department of Health officials have warned that passengers that traveled through Newark Airport between March 4 at 9:00 p.m. and March 5 at 9:30 a.m. may have been exposed to measles and could develop symptoms as late as March 26.

According to the health alert issued on Monday, the carrier of the highly contagious disease arrived in Terminal C at Newark Liberty ...

Hydroponic Vegetable Garden Brightens Up Senior Residence in Plainfield

March 22, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ – A new hydroponic garden funded by Union County has been brightening up the winter months at the Richmond Terrace senior housing apartments in Plainfield. The new garden was funded through the Freeholder Board’s Union County Means Green community garden grant program.

“The hydroponic garden brings the residents of Richmond Tower together and engages them ...

Plainfield Residents Can Now Discard Styrofoam Waste

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The City of Plainfield and the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority are now participating in Union County's new Styrofoam recycling program.

Some details for residents to keep in mind for free Styrofoam drop-off at the PERC / Transfer Station at PMUA, 95 Rock Avenue, include:

Free disposal is available during normal drop-off hours:  Mon-Fri 7 a.m. - 2:45 ...

Watchung's Cinemark Theater Opening Soon, Shoppes at Watchung Under Construction

March 19, 2019

WATCHUNG, NJ - One more month. Cinemark Holdings has announced that the tentative grand opening of its newest movie theater, Cinemark Watchung and XD (1670 Route 22 East, Watchung) is expected to be in one month, at the start of spring break,  April 19.

Chick-Fil-A, Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, Ulta Beauty, Sierra Trading Post, and Home Sense have announced they are also opening at ...

In Wake of Attacks, Vigil in Westfield Supports Muslim Community

March 19, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – More than 100 people from Westfield and surrounding areas gathered for a candlelight vigil in support of the Muslim community Tuesday night, following Friday’s attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which killed 50 people.

The vigil, held at the MLK monument on the South Avenue Circle, was planned by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of ...

Women's History Month Event at Masjidullah Plainfield this Weekend

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Masjidullah Plainfield is planning to hold a Women's History Month event, entitled Overcoming Obstacles to Success, with donations benefiting its community soup kitchen that serves up to sixty people each week.

The Muslim Community Soup Kitchen was started in 1989 by eight members of Masjidullah to feed the hungry, and the organization was incorporated as a not-for-profit ...

Public Health Alert: Potential Measles Exposure at Newark Liberty International Airport

March 19, 2019

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey Department of Health officials have warned that passengers that traveled through Newark Airport between March 4 at 9:00 p.m. and March 5 at 9:30 a.m. may have been exposed to measles and could develop symptoms as late as March 26.

According to the health alert issued on Monday, the carrier of the highly contagious disease arrived in Terminal C at Newark Liberty ...

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Chow Down for Charity: Jersey Mike’s will Donate 100% of Proceeds Wednesday

March 23, 2019

Whether it’s a Chipotle Cheese Steak (#43), Original Italian (#13) or any other one of your favorite Jersey Mike’s sandwiches, the shop will give 100% of proceeds from your order to a local charity of its choosing this Wednesday, March 27, during the company’s annual Day of Giving.

Each of the 78 Jersey Mike’s Subs shops in New Jersey is participating, partnering ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, March 23, 1:00 PM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Maker's Day

Arts & Entertainment

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Sat, March 23, 1:00 PM

Union County College, Lessner Bldg, Elizabeth

Union County Counts (2020 Census)

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Sun, March 24, 2:00 PM

Masjidulah Plainfield, Plainfield

Celebrate Women's History Month

Arts & Entertainment

IRS offers free March 28 webinar: Understanding how to do a ‘Paycheck Checkup'

March 22, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service will provide a free online, web-based information session in two languages on Thursday, March 28, 2019, to help people understand how to do a ‘Paycheck Checkup.’

Doing a Paycheck Checkup means checking tax withholding using the IRS Withholding Calculator and making any necessary adjustments to avoid having too little or too much tax ...

Fanwood and Other Municipalities Struggle with a Glut of Recyclables

March 19, 2019

Letter to the Editor:

In 1970, the year of the first Earth Day, I sat in my high school auditorium, rapt by a presentation on sustainability and how recycling was something we could all do to save resources. There was the promise of recycled products lining store shelves and the endless cycle of plastics and paper being reused over and over again to the benefit of all Mankind.

Almost fifty ...

Jetty documentary The Oyster Farmers Enjoys Official Release via Virgil Films

March 19, 2019

LONG BEACH ISLAND - The Oyster Farmers, a feature length documentary centering on coastal life in New Jersey, was officially released today, March 19 via Virgil Films.

Jetty decided to fund the film via its Jetty Rock Foundation, the 501(C)3 nonprofit arm of the brand, in 2016, but the ethos of the film truly begins with Superstorm Sandy.

Director Corinne Ruff was emotionally torn in 2013.

Plainfield Organization Holds Workshop on Immigration / Organización de Plainfield realiza taller sobre inmigración

March 17, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - There is a new organization in Plainfield called Tu Apoyo Latino (TAL), led by its president, Carlos Peralta, an Ecuadorian who has been working with the community since he was young. TAL’s mission is to create, promote and spread social, educational, and cultural information, and sports events. TAL aims to provide communities with as much information as possible to keep ...

Tu Apoyo Latino te invitan a Taller de Inmigración

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Tu Apoyo Latino te invitan a Taller de Inmigración en Plainfield.

Aprender más acerca de:

DACA y TPA
Asilo Politico
Nueva Ley de La Directiva de Confianza al Inmigrante
Entre otros

Presentado por:

Ab. Milena A. Wilson
Ab. Ana Yngelmo

Milena A. Wilson, es graduada de Rutgers University y Rutgers Law School. Durante más de 20 ...

Input Sessions for Plainfield Superintendent Search / Sesiones de Entrada para la búsqueda del Superintendente

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Board of Education will hold three sessions to collect input from the public, school staff and administrators as it conducts a search for a new superintendent for the school district.  Interim Superintendent Dr. Ronald Bolandi had been appointed in January 2018.  The information that is gathered will be used to set criteria for the background, training ...

Winter Car Tips from Storm's Automotive in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Anthony Smith, Plainfield’s local vehicle expert at Storm’s Automotive, offers some winter tips to keep your car or truck running smoothly.

Test your battery before the cold finishes it off.
Warm your vehicle up for at least ten minutes on cold mornings if it has been stopped for at least three hours and the outside temperature is below 25 degrees.
If you do ...

Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled Him to the Presidency by Dan Abrams and David Fisher

Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled him to the Presidency by Dan Abrams and David Fisher. (Hanover Square Press, 2018)

 

The point of view from which a novel is told influences the reader’s perception of events, until we decide whether or not to trust the narrator. I wouldn’t classify Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled Him to ...

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. (Harper, 2018)

 

Twelve million civilians died in the death camps in Europe during World War II. Six million victims were of the Jewish faith; the other six millions were comprised of political prisoners, gypsies, homosexuals, Catholics, and the mentally and physically handicapped. For each of those 12 million people, extraordinary stories ...

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner. (Atria, 2014).

Jennifer Weiner has captured the angst and humiliation of a young mother who is trapped in a situation that many professionals in their 30s, 40s and 50s face. While balancing a demanding career with raising children and caring for aging parents, people develop a variety of coping mechanisms to help them deal with daily stress. The wiser and ...

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 ...