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Plainfield Council Takes Action on Dirt Bikes, ATVs (VIDEO)

April 13, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield council members took steps towards reigning in the use of dirt bikes and ATVs on both public streets and in city parks at its meeting on Monday. The quality of life issue has generated numerous complaints about the prevalence of the vehicles in the city, the excessive noise they generate, and the potential danger they pose to the community.

On resolution ...

Murphy Announces Latest COVID Figures and Vaccination Totals

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported progress in getting shots into arms as he presented a vaccine update during his press briefing Wednesday. He said that the state has administered 4,892,598 total doses and that 1,896,442 New Jersey residents are now fully vaccinated.

"We are now 40% to our initial goal of 4.7 million individuals fully vaccinated by June 30th," ...

NJ’s Big Borrowing Deal Comes Under Fire

Now looking at a $6 billion surplus, state treasurer tells lawmakers it was right to borrow $4 billion amid fears of COVID-19 collapse.

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During testimony before lawmakers Tuesday, Gov.

NJ Pauses Delivery of J&J Vaccine, While Plainfield COVID-19 Fatalities Increase

April 13, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health has directed all New Jersey vaccination sites to cancel or put on hold appointments for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine following recommendations by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

The health agencies Tuesday issued a pause in the vaccine’s ...

More Coronavirus Variants Likely on The Way, Health Officials Warn

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More Virus Variants Likely on the Way, Health Officials Warn

With one in four cases linked to variants, NJ’s top medical official says ‘Keep doing what you’re doing and get vaccinated’

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At least ...

Plainfield Council Takes Action on Dirt Bikes, ATVs (VIDEO)

April 13, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield council members took steps towards reigning in the use of dirt bikes and ATVs on both public streets and in city parks at its meeting on Monday. The quality of life issue has generated numerous complaints about the prevalence of the vehicles in the city, the excessive noise they generate, and the potential danger they pose to the community.

On resolution ...

Crash at Intersection of E. 7th and Leland Ave in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Police and fire divisions were on hand responding to a two-vehicle crash on Wednesday morning at the intersection of East 7th Street and Leland Avenue in Plainfield.

A Nissan 4Runner sat in the middle of the intersection, while a white SUV was on the lawn across from the HOPES CAP early childhood center.

It was unclear if there were injuries, but EMS services were not ...

Plainfield Police: Aggravated Assault Incident on Easter

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A statement from the Plainfield Police Division on Monday indicates units responded to the 500 block of West 3rd Street on Sunday, April 4 at 9:55 p.m. based on an alert by ShotSpotter, the technology that detects gunshots.

Upon arrival, police located an individual with a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital for ...

Free Drive-Up Screening of “The Croods – A New Age” on April 23

April 12, 2021

Event at UC Vo-Tech in Scotch Plains; COVID-19 safety rules apply

The Union County Board of County Commissioners has announced there will be a free Drive-Up screening of “The Croods — A New Age” at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools Campus, 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains, on Friday, April 23. Parking begins at 7 p.m. and the movie will begin at dusk. The rain ...

Plainfield Recreation Programs Announced

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Residents recently received a mailing with the Department of Public Works leaf pickup schedule for Plainfield. An insert in that mailing includes information on parks and pool openings, fireworks and fishing events, and more.


According to the mailing insert, all city playgrounds, closed for the past year, will open on Saturday, May 1. Unlike county parks, ...

Murphy Signs Legislation Providing $15 Million in Aid to Arts and Cultural Venues

Legislation is Part of a $100 Million Relief Package for New Jersey Small Businesses

LONG BRANCH, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy today signed into law S-3521, which provides $15 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for arts and cultural venues throughout New Jersey. The bill — sponsored by Senators Joseph Lagana, Dawn Marie Addiego, and Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Linda Carter, ...

NJ Gets Cleared to Hold Off on School Testing

April 8, 2021

Students will still face a version of the mandatory exam in the fall. But questions on the details linger.

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In a bit of a surprise, the Murphy administration ...

Plainfield's Babayemi Named to Dean's List at University of the Sciences

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Plainfield's Blessing Babayemi, a Doctor of Pharmacy student, has been named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA.

Selection for this award is based on completing and passing all assigned courses with no grade below a "C" and attaining an academic average of at least 3.4 for courses taken in the Fall of ...

NJ Elementary School Teacher Raising Funds to Build Courtyard with Autistic Students

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Joseph Postiglione, who teaches non-verbal autistic students in third to fifth grade at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, wants to help his pupils build an outdoor courtyard that will be “their own comfortable place” and he will teach them “valuable life and social skills along the way.”

Postiglione ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Food Truck Festival Rolls Into Town on May 2

April 13, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Food Truck Festival will roll into town on Sunday, May 2, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will take place at the high school's Westfield Road entrance with a social distancing layout. Face masks will be mandatory.

The Food Truck Festival is a fundraiser for the Class of 2021. The event is scheduled ...

Rutgers, C. Vivian Stringer Agree to Contract Extension Through 2026

April 14, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers University and head women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension that will keep the Hall of Fame coach courtside through the 2025-26 season.

Stringer, who ranks fifth in career victories (1,055) among women’s basketball coaches, will be 78 when the new contract expires.

Stringer, who just ...

Trout Season Opens in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY — Opening day of Trout Season is Saturday, April 10 and to celebrate, state waters have been stocked with a half million rainbow trout. For a full list of locations, click HERE

"Thanks to DEP’s Division of Fish & Wildlife, which has been hard at work with advanced trout stocking, New Jersey residents and visitors can enjoy trout fishing while avoiding crowds and ...

Anthony Ashnault reaches quarters at U.S. Team Trials, expects to be back in '24 (VIDEO)

Anthony Ashnault’s chance at taking the next step for making Team USA for the Summer Tokyo Olympic Games came to a halt at the Team Trials on Friday in Fort Worth, Texas.

The South Plainfield native and eighth-seeded grappler advanced into the quarterfinals of the 65-kilogram freestyle bracket where he fell, 5-1, to top-seeded Zain Retherford.

Despite obviously being bummed that ...

Elizabeth Native Powers Up PSEG Nuclear Plants for Newark, All New Jersey

April 13, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — When Judy Rodriguez was a sophomore at Elizabeth High School, her history teacher gave her a key piece of information that would empower her, then one day power New Jersey.

"She gave us an aptitude test, and the result for me was that I would be good at the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Her reaction was 'You should try for ...

NJ to Dish Out $35 Million in Coronavirus Relief Grants to Restaurants, Bars

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — New Jersey restaurants will receive another $35 million in federal coronavirus relief aid under legislation signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy.

To be administered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA), the funds are grants that will be made available to restaurants, bars, breweries, brewpubs and wineries, and do not have to be repaid. The state EDA ...

Gov. Murphy Welcomes Newark Penn Station's First Dual-Powered Locomotive

NEWARK, NJ  – Newark Penn Station is on track towards becoming a more reliable and sustainable travel hub as Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday introduced the first fleet of dual-powered locomotives to the city. 

Standing on the Track A platform, Murphy introduced just one of 25 new diesel-electric trains expected to make their way to the Newark station ...

Allergy Recall; Hostess SnoBalls Recalled due to Undeclared Allergen

April 13, 2021

DENVILLE, NJ -- Hostess Snoballs have been recalled due to an undeclared allergen, announced Hostess Brands, LLC. According to the company, certain Hostess SnoBalls were "inadvertently manufactured in the packaging for Hostess Chocolate CupCakes, and the packaging does not list coconut, an ingredient as an allergen.

The recall included SnoBalls manufactured on March 12, 2021 with a UPC of ...

Plainfield is One of Union County Emergency Food Distribution Sites in April

Produce will be distributed on a first come-first served basis at drive-up event in Scotch Plains, and walk-up events in Elizabeth and Plainfield.

The Union County Board of County Commissioners will hold three emergency food distribution events for Union County residents in April to aid those affected by COVID-19. One of the events will be held in Plainfield.

Tuesday, April 13 at 10 a.m.

Three Recognized for Work on Plainfield Food Security Project

April 14, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Three individuals are recipients of a 2021 Volunteer Spirit Award by the Greater Somerset County YMCA for the role they played as leaders of the Plainfield YMCA Food Security team when COVID-19 brought everything to a halt in March 2020. The group award was presented for their efforts to help distribute over one million meals in the Queen City.

These awards honor Y ...

Star Fish Recognized by City of Plainfield on 50th Anniversary

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Star Fish Food Pantry racked up another accolade in celebration of its 50th anniversary. In addition to receiving a resolution from the Union County Board of Commissioners to recognize the organization's service to the community, board members and volunteers were presented with a proclamation from the City of Plainfield on Thursday, April 8.

Executive Director ...

Union County Recognizes Plainfield's Star Fish Food Pantry (VIDEO)

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Star Fish Food Pantry, located in Plainfield, is celebrating 50 years of service to the community. The organization was recognized by the Union County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, with Commissioner Rebecca Williams doing the honors onsite at its East Front Street location.

Commissioner Williams said, "It's an honor to be here, and I am representing the ...

Plainfield: 4 File for Mayor, 3 for Fourth Ward Seat in June 8 Primary

April 5, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Four candidates have submitted petitions for the June 8 Primary Election to seek a four-year term as Plainfield Mayor, election officials announced Monday after the 4 p.m. deadline passed. Incumbent Mayor Adrian O. Mapp is pursuing a third term, and will once again face off with Dr. Henrilynn Ibezim, who lost to Mapp in 2017. Richard Wyatt and Sean McKenna have also filed ...

Cool and Refreshing – Cucumbers

April 14, 2021

Add a cool refreshing twist to your meals, beverages, appetizers, and snacks with cucumbers.  These popular vegetables are grown worldwide, adding anti-inflammatory vitamin K, vitamins C, B-5 and more to your meals. Take it a step further by using your own fresh-from-the-garden cucumbers.

Grow cucumbers sprawled on the ground or in a container on your patio, balcony, or deck.  Save ...

Grow Stevia – Nature’s Sweetener

Sweeten your meals by growing your own sugar substitute in gardens or containers. Stevia is nature’s own sweetener that can be snacked upon fresh or added to soups, sauces, or beverages.

Wait for warm nights and the danger of frost to pass before planting stevia outdoors.  It is a perennial in USDA zones 8 and warmer, but those gardening in colder areas must grow stevia ...

Care for Spring Flowering Bulbs

Bright yellow daffodils, colorful tulips and fragrant hyacinths brighten our spring gardens. Give them the care they need to extend their spring display and keep them coming back for years.

Hybrid tulips and hyacinths are short-lived stars of the spring garden. They bloom profusely the first spring, but the number of flowers decline each year. You may want to treat these like annuals, ...

Gray Seal Pup from Belmar Released Back to Ocean After Two-Month Recovery

April 11, 2021

BRIGANTINE, NJ — The gray seal pup found underweight and injured on the Belmar beach in February has been sprung from rehabilitation.

After spending nearly two months at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center — where its feeding instincts kicked in, and it gained some 30 pounds — the four-month-old seal waddled its way back into the ocean on April 5 along a quiet Jersey ...

New Jersey Residential Real Estate Experts: This Market Won’t Slow Down Anytime Soon

April 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY - While the rest of the state economy slowly returns to pre-pandemic levels, the New Jersey real estate market reportedly experienced “a year we’ve not seen before” with no immediate signs of slowing.

Two state real estate experts with national credentials participated in a TAPinto panel discussion Tuesday about the “Current State of the New Jersey Real ...

Home in Netherwood Historic District Approved by Plainfield Zoning Board

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A property in the Netherwood Heights section of Plainfield that had included a house damaged by trees in 2011 by Hurricane Irene and a fire in 2013, as reported in a blog post by Dan Damon, will see a new wood-frame home built upon it. The Zoning Board unanimously approved application ZBA-2019-20 on Wednesday.

The applicant was seeking bulk variances to begin ...

Muhlenberg: Back on Tap for Plainfield's Planning Board

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's Planning Board will hear from Applicant MBH Urban Renewal, LLC, at its April 15 meeting, according to a legal notice published Monday. The property is located at 1252-1336 Randolph Road, where Muhlenberg Hospital, which closed in 2008, used to operate. The applicant was scheduled to appear before the board in December, but its attorney submitted a ...

All US Flags Will Be Flown at Half Staff Through Tuesday April 6 to Honor Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol Police

April 3, 2021

MADISON, NJ —  All US flags will be flown at half-staff through Tuesday, April 6, as per the Presidential Proclamation, honoring the victims of the attack at the United States Capitol on Friday.

"Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the U.S. Capitol grounds, which killed Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Revised COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

April 6, 2021

TRENTON — Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Health issued new COVID-19 travel guidance on Monday, which follow updated travel recommendations released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) earlier this month.

“While the pandemic is not over, our vaccination program and updated CDC guidance have made it possible for vaccinated individuals to resume travel ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Set For Timely Symposium

EDSION, NJ-- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison will host its Upper School Symposium – “Inclusive Communities - Race and Identity” – on Wednesday, April 14. The daylong event will feature keynote speakers, presentations, workshops and breakout discussions moderated by an impressive group of guests.

Danielle Belton, newly appointed editor of The Huffington Post, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Eighth Graders To Address Race, Climate Justice

EDISON, NJ-- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison will host an Eighth Grade Summit – “Race and Climate Justice” – from Monday-Wednesday, April 12-14 with the students also participating in the Upper School Symposium on the final day of the event.

Early this school year when it became clear that the traditional eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C. would not be ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Accepted to All-Region Jazz Band

EDISON, NJ-- Congratulations to freshman Luke Tan of Edison and eighth-grader Shourya Chhabra of Roselle Park, students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, for receiving recognition for their musical talents during Spring Break. Both W+H students were accepted into the Region Jazz Band Dizzy Gillespie Ensemble through video audition on March 25. A large number of students auditioned this ...

Upcoming Events


Thu, April 15, 7:00 PM

Zoom, Plainfield

Plainfield Planning Board



Fri, April 16, 11:00 AM

Plainfield Public Library Virtual Program, Plainfield

The Home Archivist: Digitizing Your Photo ...

Education Home & Garden


Sat, April 17, 12:00 PM

Virtual Zoom Event, Elizabeth

CASA of Union County Information Session

Giving Back Health & Wellness

New Jersey Date Night: The Best Brunch Spots

April 11, 2021

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

Most couples are conditioned to think that romance only can be found after 7:30 p.m. on a Friday or Saturday. But those in the know realize that intimate moments aren’t found in only one or two specific windows of time: there are no restrictions on when it can be found.

One Date Night time ...

NJ Restaurants to Customers: Don’t be a No-Show, Especially Now

NEW JERSEY — No-shows have always been an issue for restaurants, but with pandemic restrictions limiting seating, these days the effects can be devastating.

Restaurant owners have a plea for patrons who can’t make their reservations: Just call and cancel.

“In previous years, busy days for us were a logistics challenge,” said Chris Migton, executive chef at Chez ...

Saint Joseph HS Grad Marc Johnstone Signs with Washington Capitals' Affiliate South Carolina Stingrays

METUCHEN, NJ -- The South Carolina Stingrays, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and AHL’s Hershey Bears, have signed former Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) hockey star Marc Johnstone.

Johnstone, who scored over 100 points during his career at St. Joe's and graduated among the school's top 5 scorers of all time, recently finished his senior season ...

Plainfield Man Receives New Rank, Responsibilities as National Guard Soldier

April 14, 2021

LATHAM, NY — Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announced the recent promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Malcolm Dash from Plainfield, and assigned to the Company B, 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, received a promotion to the rank of sergeant ...

Science in Donation Commends Lawmakers for Taking Stand Against Trump Era Effort to Gut Organ Procurement Organizations

April 1, 2021

NEW JERSEY – Science in Donation, the non-profit organization devoted to supporting, educating, and advocating on behalf of those parties interested in bringing continuous improvement to the current system of organ donation and allocation, is celebrating the passage of a resolution opposing new federal rules on the issue by the New Jersey General Assembly.

Noting that organ procurement ...

TAPinto TV Wins Twice at Garden State Film Festival

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto TV, a medium-based franchise owned by East Main Media’s Brian Brodeur, won two Garden State Film Festival Awards.

The franchise’s “HomeGrown” series won awards for Best Television Show and Best Original Score from a Television Show.

“HomeGrown” is a series produced by East Main Media that follows host Stephanie Willoughby as ...

Post-Pandemic Marketing

Small business owners have a lot to think about, but navigating a global pandemic was likely not chief among their worries. Now that we are close to the end of one, local businesses are facing a host of challenges. Communicating effectively with customers and clients has never been more important. 

What changed in the pandemic?

The pandemic has changed the way we conduct our daily ...

TAPinto to Host Panel Discussion on Current State of Real Estate in New Jersey

Are you looking for insights into the current real estate boom happening in New Jersey? 

Are you interested in buying a new home or property in the near future but don’t know what to expect?

Are you looking for a mortgage or interested in learning about the refinancing process?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, The Current State of the New Jersey ...

TAPinto Franchise Case Study: Bobbie Peer, TAPinto Berkeley Heights, Mountainside and New Providence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Bobbie Peer has established herself as a power house marketer for local businesses in western Union County. 

The Berkeley Heights resident, who started with TAPinto back in 2013 as part of the company’s expansion efforts, has morphed into a three-site franchise owner with hopes of continued growth in the future.

“I was looking for a career that involved ...

The Persian Always Meows Twice

The Persian Always Meows Twice: A Cat Groomer Mystery by Eileen Watkins.        (available on Amazon).


        Cassie McGlone needs to start over, escape from an abusive ex-boyfriend, and establish a business of her own. An independent woman, Cassie moves to Chadwick, New Jersey (a fictional town somewhere near Morristown) ...

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s Press, 2021)


We can’t quibble that Kristin Hannah is one of the most respected authors on the contemporary scene. Her new book, The Four Winds, is number 1 on the New York Times Book Review. Hannah is a wonderful storyteller, who frequently uses the theme of the importance of family in our lives, which is a universal theme, ...

Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside his Cult, and the Darkness that Ended the Sixties by Dianne Lake and Deborah Herman

Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness that Ended the Sixties by Dianne Lake and Deborah Herman. (Harper Collins, 2017).


I am skeptical of the true crime genre because so much of it is poorly written and sells for its sensationalistic value rather than its literary worth. The only decent book that I have read about Charles Manson and ...

Hungry Girl: Fast and Easy by Lisa Lillien

Hungry Girl: Fast & Easy-All Natural Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less by Lisa Lillien (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2021)


Lisa Lillien is a good friend of mine. Oh, I have met her only once in person at a book signing at Wegman’s in Woodbridge, NJ, but I get an e-mail from her every week day from I feel like I know Lisa well because she thinks like I ...

The Lost Boys by Faye Kellerman

The Lost Boys by Faye Kellerman. (Harper Collins, 2021)


Faye Kellerman began the Peter Decker- Rina Lazarus series in 1986. In the first novel, police officer, Detective Peter Decker of the LAPD, is called in to investigate the rape of a woman, who was going home after taking a mikvah, the cleansing bath, that Orthodox Jewish women take once a month. This is an unthinkable crime, ...

International Barbershop Quartet Day: Music Director Deke Sharon and New Jersey's Gimme Four

April 11, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- In honor of International Barbershop Quartet Day, TAPintoTV looks back at our conversations with Will Downey, member of New Jersey's #1 barbershop quartet, Gimme Four, and award-winning Musical Director and Producer, Deke Sharon.

Gimme Four is an International Semifinalist barbershop quartet based in Caldwell, New Jersey. Group members Paul Franek, Dave Ammirata, Will ...