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Groundbreaking for Hub Stine Field House in Plainfield Held Monday

May 23, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield school board members, along with Superintendent Dr. Diana Mitchell, city officials and students joined LAN Associates, the architect of record, to break ground for upgrades to the district's 6,850 square-foot field houses. The goal of the upgrades is to modernize the building facilities and create collegiate-level locker rooms, trainer's rooms and ...

1st Annual "Mental Health is Wealth" Fair at Plainfield High School on May 25

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The 1st Annual "Mental Health is Wealth" fair will be held at Plainfield High School this week, featuring mental health resources, counseling consultations, heath and wellness products, as well as workshops, food, ZUMBA® and bounce houses. The event is free for all who attend.

“As a result of counseling sessions with PHS students, the School Based ...

Rahway's Dr. Patricia Camp Named Union County Superintendent of the Year

RAHWAY, NJ — Dr. Patricia Camp, the superintendent of the Rahway Public Schools, has just been named the Union County Superintendent of the Year. The announcement was made on Tuesday evening at the Rahway Board of Education meeting.

Camp told TAPinto Rahway that she initially received the news at her regular roundtable meeting of Union County Superintendents on May 6.

"I was very ...

May 20: Road Closures in Plainfield

May 20, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Police advise residents about the following road closures for Friday, May 20. It is suggested residents plan alternate routes, and expect delays in these areas.

300 block of Bergen Street
300 block of Stebbins Place
1300 block of W 4th Street
1100 block of W 5th Street
10 block of Melrose Avenue

EBPD: Two Township Girls Missing

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department is seeking the public's assistance with locating Jessica Wright-Schober, 15,of East Brunswick, N.J and Allia Blackstone, 15, of East Brunswick, NJ

Jessica Wright-Schober is described as a black female, 15 years old, 5'5", 115lbs, long black braided hair, unknown clothing description.

Allia Blackstone is described as a ...

Plainfield Rescue Squad Chief Thanks Her Team During EMS Week

PLAINFIELD, NJ — This week is recognized as National EMS Week, and this year's theme is Rising to the Challenge. EMS Week was authorized by President Gerald Ford in 1974 to recognize EMS practitioners and the important work they do in their communities. Plainfield Rescue Squad Chief Victoria Schaible is taking a moment to recognize the challenges her colleagues face and overcome each ...

Plainfield League of Women Voters Hold Candidate Forum

May 21, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The League of Women Voters of Plainfield held a forum in advance of the June 7 Primary Election to educate the residents of Plainfield on the candidates who are running, and the issues for which they stand in relation to the community. Robert Graham and Regina Lynn Lowery seek the First Ward seat, while incumbent Joylette Mills-Ransome and Richard Wyatt are competing for ...

Baby Formula News: In Stock at Plainfield Store, Governor's Price Gouging Executive Order, More

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey families are facing difficulties in obtaining baby formula due to an ongoing national shortage. One Plainfield store has it in stock (as of publication), but you will have to ask for it as it's in a cordoned off area. An employee at Fine Fare located at 1405 South Avenue told TAPinto Plainfield that people have traveled from up to two hours away to make a ...

Governor Murphy Visits Hackensack, Announces American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program at HFD

HACKENSACK, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy visited the Hackensack Fire Department Monday morning to announce the new American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program. The grant will help local and regional fire departments provide first responders with proper protective, cleaning and sanitation equipment, according to a news release from the Governor's office. 

“Confronted by new ...

Historic 50-Mile Tour of Somerville Returns on Memorial Day

May 17, 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ – When hometown hero Furman Kugler crossed the finish line in 1940 ahead of Johnny Webber of Milwaukee to win the first Tour of Somerville bicycle race before a crowd of 20,000, Mayor Freas Hess told a reporter, “Maybe we should do this again next year.”

They did, and with the exception of World War II and a two-year pandemic hiatus, America’s oldest ...

Plainfield Reports COVID-Related Death, Bringing Total to 20 This Year, 219 Overall

May 23, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield is reporting one COVID-related death on May 20, according to a notice from the administration. There have been 20 fatalities reported this year, bringing the total to 219 since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

Local testing sites include Walgreens at the corner of South and Leland avenues; Front Street Pharmacy, 204 East Front Street; Rapp’s ...

1st Annual "Mental Health is Wealth" Fair at Plainfield High School on May 25

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The 1st Annual "Mental Health is Wealth" fair will be held at Plainfield High School this week, featuring mental health resources, counseling consultations, heath and wellness products, as well as workshops, food, ZUMBA® and bounce houses. The event is free for all who attend.

“As a result of counseling sessions with PHS students, the School Based ...

Skittles Gummies, Starburst Gummies and Life Savers Gummies Recalled Due to Presence of Metal

SKITTLES® Gummies, STARBURST® Gummies, and LIFE SAVERS® Gummies are being recalled due to the potential presence of a very thin metal strand embedded in the gummies or loose in the bag, announced Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC.

The recall was initiated after the company received reports from consumers. 

Products were manufactured by a third party and distributed in the ...

Union County’s Rhythm & Blues by the Brook Outdoor Music Festival Returns to Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield

May 21, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Rhythm & Blues by the Brook, a full afternoon of free music and activities at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield, returns on Saturday, June 4 from noon to 6:00 p.m. to kick off summer.

“We are delighted to bring Rhythm & Blues by the Brook back to Union County this year,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “Cedar Brook Park is ...

Classical Pianist Richard Alston to Perform Sunday at Plainfield's St. Mark's Episcopal Church

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Richard Alston is the Minister of Music at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Plainfield. He said in this position, "I'm using the music to bring people closer to God and to Christ." He doesn't call it entertainment, but uses the music to spiritually uplift. "The music must always be joined with what's happening in the service." Alston and ...

Union County’s Rhythm & Blues by the Brook Outdoor Music Festival Returns to Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield

May 21, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Rhythm & Blues by the Brook, a full afternoon of free music and activities at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield, returns on Saturday, June 4 from noon to 6:00 p.m. to kick off summer.

“We are delighted to bring Rhythm & Blues by the Brook back to Union County this year,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “Cedar Brook Park is ...

Twin City Pharmacy to Celebrate 'National Customer Appreciation Day,' May 20 

May 18, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – May 20 is National Customers Appreciation Day and Twin City Pharmacy and Surgical is looking to pay it forward. Throughout the day Friday, the Park Avenue family-owned and run pharmacy will be distributing free goodie bags to its customers as a way of thanking them for all their support over the past 50-plus years. 

"Our customers are the best, and ...

Skittles Gummies, Starburst Gummies and Life Savers Gummies Recalled Due to Presence of Metal

May 20, 2022

SKITTLES® Gummies, STARBURST® Gummies, and LIFE SAVERS® Gummies are being recalled due to the potential presence of a very thin metal strand embedded in the gummies or loose in the bag, announced Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC.

The recall was initiated after the company received reports from consumers. 

Products were manufactured by a third party and distributed in the ...

Allergy Alert: Undeclared Cashew and Pistachio in Van Leeuwen Frozen Desserts

Over two thousand frozen pints on Van Leeuwen Oat Milk Brown Sugar Chunk has been recalled announced Van Leeuwen Ice Cream of Brooklyn, NY. The recall was initiated because the non-dairy frozen dessert may contain undeclared specific traces of tree nuts; cashews and pistachios.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to specific types of allergen (e.g., peanuts, tree nuts {chestnuts, ...

Allergy Alert: 3 Varieties of Pierogies Recalled Due to Undeclared Milk

Multiple varieties of Grandma's Cuisine, Bernat's and Golden Eagle frozen cheese-filled pierogis are being recalled because they may contain undeclared milk allergen, announced the FDA. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recall was initiated after it ...

Awards Given for Community Service in Plainfield (Video)

May 20, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's council members presented two awards at the State of the City address on Wednesday, one to an individual and one to an organization, for their philanthropic efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Terri Briggs-Jones presented Winnifred Hawkins-Saunders with an award for outstanding community service to the community. "Under ...

Rally in Westfield Protests Supreme Court’s Pending Abortion Decision

May 15, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — Debby Hall, of Scotch Plains, carried a sign that says, “Our daughters and granddaughters must have the same rights as we did.”

Hall, 57, was among several hundred who turned out in Mindowaskin Park Saturday for the “We Won’t Go Back Rally” protesting the U.S. Supreme Court’s impending decision to overturn the landmark abortion ...

Sundiata Acoli, Convicted of Killing State Trooper in 1973, Wins Parole

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The man who was sentenced to life in a New Brunswick courtroom for the 1973 murder of State Trooper Werner Foerster in one of the highest-profile trials in the city’s history will soon be released from prison.

The New Jersey Supreme Court has ordered parole for Sundiata Acoli from a Maryland prison by a 3-2 vote, it announced May 10.

At issue was whether the ...

Plainfield League of Women Voters Hold Candidate Forum

May 21, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The League of Women Voters of Plainfield held a forum in advance of the June 7 Primary Election to educate the residents of Plainfield on the candidates who are running, and the issues for which they stand in relation to the community. Robert Graham and Regina Lynn Lowery seek the First Ward seat, while incumbent Joylette Mills-Ransome and Richard Wyatt are competing for ...

Turn Your Plainfield Yard Waste into Gardener’s Gold - Compost

May 23, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Save time and money by turning landscape trimmings into a valuable soil amendment.

The idea is simple, just collect disease- and insect-free plant debris into a heap and let it decompose into a fine, nutrient rich material that helps improve the soil. Don’t add meat, dairy, invasive plants, weeds that have gone to seed or perennial weeds that can take root and grow ...

New Jersey Republicans Propose Bills to Immediately Reimburse Thousands of Dollars in Surplus Money to Taxpayers

May 23, 2022

NEW JERSEY — Could New Jerseyans be getting a tax rebate?

The Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to commit to expanding tax relief. An update from State Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio showed a total of more than $9 billion of tax over collections in the current year and almost $7.8 billion more in revenue ...

Assemblywomen Introduce Bill Package Tightening Punishment for Car Thieves

NEW JERSEY — The Garden State Parkway was shut down last week for miles after a crash caused by a police chase involving a car that was reported stolen. One of the suspects fled on foot through Clark. Officers caught up with him, arrested him and three other suspects who were then turned over to State Police. 

A similar incident occurred a few days later in Holmdel, ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Police Licensing Proposal Aiming to Build Community Trust

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Aiming to “lift the unfair stigma” placed on law enforcement, Gov. Phil Murphy along with Acting Attorney General Matt Platkin announced a new police licensing program that will require all law enforcement officers hold a valid, active license issued by the Police Training Commission (PTC) in order to be employed in the ...

VIDEO: Active Shooter Simulation in Jersey City, Bordentown City Plant Could Grow into Marijuana Business, 'Greta's Run' in Westfield Returns and Montville Softball Wins County Title

May 23, 2022

NEW JERSEY - First responders in Jersey City hold an active shooter drill. Plus, the former Ocean Spray plant in Bordentown City could become home to a mariujana business. And, the Montville softball team wins its first county title. Also "'Greta's Run" memorial 5k returns to Westfield, which helps raise money for local charities. 

TAPinto's ...

VIDEO: Hasbrouck Heights Scouts Clean the Community, Scholarships Awarded in South Plainfield, Rahway Educator Honored and Westfield Boy Scout Proposes Life-Saving Station

NEW JERSEY - The Girl and Boy Scouts of Hasbrouck Heights join together to clean their community. Plus, several Girl Scouts in South Plainfield receive scholarships. Also, a Rahway superintendent is honored. And a Westfield Boy Scout proposes a life-saving station near a local pond.

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

VIDEO: Film and TV Studio Proposed for Newark, Paterson Resident Leads Community Clean-up, Affordable Housing Opens in Elizabeth and Roxbury Student Habitat Home Transferred

NEW JERSEY - A $125 million dollar film and TV complex proposed in Newark. Plus, a Paterson native leads effort to clean up hometown. And, a house built by Roxbury students is transferred to a new lot while an affordable housing complex opens in Elizabeth. 

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

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Don’t Forget to B.Y.O. Bag Starting Wednesday, May 4

On Wednesday, May 4, a new state law called the “Bag Ban” goes into effect. When it does, supermarkets will not hand out any free, single-use paper or plastic shopping bags. Customers will have to bring their own shopping bags, or purchase them at the supermarket.

Other retail stores and restaurants can continue to provide free paper shopping bags, but they will not be allowed to ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Present Middle School Art Show

EDISON, NJ --Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison created a wonderful array of art to display at last week’s first in-person Middle School Art Show since 2019. 

Miss Tanda Tucker’s students presented a variety of works, including Illuminate Letters, Zentangle Shadow Portraits, Quote 1/2 Portrait Paintings, Cubist Self-Portraits, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Announces Class Officers for 2022-2023

EDISON, NJ -- Annie Gu of Edison, a junior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, will lead the student body as senior class president in the 2022-2023 school year after winning the Student Council election. Annie, who took over the leadership from outgoing president Shiv Tickoo of Scotch Plains earlier this month, will be joined by Gbemi Olarewaju of Piscataway and Adam Eisdorfer of ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Shine at Middle School Spring Concert

EDISON, NJ -- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison provided more than 90 minutes of musical entertainment at last week’s Spring Concert in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Nine ensembles performed under the direction of Choir Director Sharon Byrne, Performing Arts Department Chair, and Band Director Rick Fontaine.

Highlights of the show included the ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, May 24, 10:00 AM

Warinanco Sports Center, Roselle

Union County to Host Pepsi Job Fair

Business & Finance

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Wed, May 25, 3:30 PM

Soccer field at Plainfield High School, Plainfield

"Mental Health is Wealth" Fair

Arts & Entertainment Education Health & Wellness

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Wed, May 25, 6:30 PM

Zoom, Mountainside

Imagine will offer webinar on Loss, Grief and ...

Education

Saint Joe's Valedictorian Credits Extracurricular Activities for His Academic Success

METUCHEN, NJ -- There was very little doubt in Aayush Agnihotri’s mind when it came to choosing where he wanted to attend high school. Aside from the wide array of academic offerings and extracurricular activities, there was a deeper connection to Saint Joseph High School that only a select few understand - the legacy connection. 

After seeing his older brother, Aniket (Saint ...

Saint Joe's Salutatorian DaSilva: Campus 'Felt Like Home'

METUCHEN, NJ - The second that Matthew DaSilva stepped foot on the campus of Saint Joseph High School five years ago he immediately felt something special. From his first campus tour to his time as “Freshman for a Day,” DaSilva knew the choice was easy. He was going to spend the most formative years of his life at Saint Joe’s.

Sure there were other private schools in ...

Reminder: Union County to Host Pepsi Job Fair, May 24

May 23, 2022

Union County informs job-seeking residents that on Tuesday, May 24, a PepsiCo job fair sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners on will take place at the Warinanco Sports Center in Union County’s Warinanco Park, located at 1 Park Drive in Roselle. The job fair will begin at 10:00 a.m. and pre-registration is required.

PepsiCo will be hiring for 4 main ...

Gas Prices in New Jersey Reach Another Record High

May 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — Gas prices in New Jersey have reached another all-time high.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded reached $4.72 on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. That's up seven cents from the day before, 23 cents from last week and nearly 70 cents from last month. Those figures are according to AAA.

The Newark and Trenton areas are paying the most statewide, according ...

'Two Minutes with TAPinto' Features South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen.

When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time.

"I say this to all ...

Drawing the Line Between News and Content Marketing is Key to Publisher Credibility and Success

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Publishers invest significant time and financial resources in building their audience. No one has the right to have their content placed in front of the audience you’ve built. Public relations firms and others say their content is newsworthy and they get paid a lot of money to try to make that case to publishers every day.

Drawing the line between news and ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Discusses Local Marketing in a Digital World

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was a recent guest on Sergeant Marketing's Milestone Mindset Live speaking about Local Marketing in a Digital World. The series helps viewers attract and retain clients and donors.

Shapiro and host Nancy Sergeant talked about a number of topics, including the value of local marketing in the post-pandemic economy, how ...

‘Calendar Girls’ Captivates at Chatham Playhouse

CHATHAM, NJ — This delightful play, set in Yorkshire, England, lends a risque air to the Women’s Institutes at a local church parish.

The play and film were based on a true story of middle-aged women who were seeking a fundraising idea for Leukemia Research.

They’re desperate to find a way to support their charities and somehow come up with the idea of ...

Unmasked: My Life Solving Cold Cases by Paul Holes

Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases  by Paul Holes with Robin Gaby Fisher. (Celadon, 2022)

 

Let’s start with this fact. I didn’t sleep for two nights while reading Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases by retired detective Paul Holes and Robin Gaby Fisher. Although the book is an autobiography about Holes’ life as an investigator ...

Longbourne by Jo Baker

Longbourne by Jo Baker. (Vintage, 2013)

 

Fancy that. Longbourne’s publishing date is exactly 200 years after that of its “predecessor,” Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen, author of six novels including Pride and Prejudice, was born in Hampshire, England in 1775; yet the themes and characters of her works remain as contemporary as if they were written today. In fact, ...

Funny Farm: Mu Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals by Laurie Zaleski

Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals by Laurie Zaleski. 

St. Martin’s Press, 2021.

 

Pandemic. Russia invades the Ukraine. Gas going up to $6.00 a gallon. Everywhere we turn, we are bombarded with bad news. However, if you are seeking a little recreational reading to provide a respite from the stress of daily life, pick up a copy of the remarkable book, ...

Two Truths and a Lie by Ellen McGarrahan

Two Truths and a Lie: A Murder, A Private Investigator, and Her Search for Justice.  Ellen McGarrahan. Random House, 2021.

 

“The electric chair faced the witnesses, and as we watched Jesse, Jesse was watching us. Beneath his shaved scalp his dark eyes burned. He was starting to look at the witness in the front row, one by one, I realized. He was going to stare right into ...