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Plainfield Planning Board to Consider 4-Story Addition at 405-407 Watchung Ave, and more

September 21, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's Planning Board will meet virtually Thursday for a hearing that could grant preliminary and final site plan approval, as well as bulk variances, at Adonai Property, LLC's 405-407 Watchung Avenue site to construct a four-story addition on an existing one-story building; it would become a mixed-use structure. The public can tune in and comment at the 7 ...

This is how Murphy’s budget allocates $2.4 billion in federal COVID funding

Some lawmakers and state-funded organizations worry what will happen when that money is gone.

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For six months the coronavirus pandemic has loomed large over New Jersey, taking an enormous ...

Plainfield: Census, Voter Registration, and Crazy Faith Riders at duCret on Sunday

PLAINFIELD, NJ — You missed them at Plainfield's 4th of July parade, but you can catch the Crazy Faith Riders on Sunday, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at duCret School of Art. And while you're there, be sure to register to vote and fill out the 2020 Census.

Time is running out to fill out the census. Results are used to inform how billions of federal dollars are distributed to communities ...

Be Alert for ‘Pandemic Fatigue’ Says Health Commissioner As NJ Passes 200K Coronavirus Cases

September 22, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Referring to the coronavirus as a marathon, rather than a sprint, New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli wants residents to be wary of “pandemic fatigue.”

As New Jersey passes 200,000 coronavirus cases Monday, she said the COVID-19 has forced many families to confront financial hardship, grief due to loss, uncertainty, isolation and ...

NJ fights new flare-ups as CDC yanks COVID advisory

Health commissioner, others concerned about Lakewood

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“It scares me.” Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles says, he feels scared because Ocean and Monmouth counties logged more than 730 ...

Gov. Murphy to Host Virtual Conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci

TRENTON, NJ -- Governor Phil Murphy announced on Monday that he will be holding a live virtual conversation with one of the nation's leading experts on COVID-19 (coronavirus) -- Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases. 

There have been more than 200,000 cases of coronavirus reported in New Jersey. More than 14,000 New Jerseyan ...

Shots at 500 Block of West 3rd St in Plainfield (Updated)

September 19, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Alerts regarding multiple shots in Plainfield were recorded by both Breaking News Network (BNN) and on Ring.com.  According to BNN, there was a multiple shooting on the 500 block of West 3rd Street. TAPinto Plainfield confirmed police activity at the scene.

An update has been provided by the Plainfield Police Department:

Aggravated Assault:

On Saturday, ...

Bicyclist Struck by Car in Fanwood Transported to Hospital by Helicopter

FANWOOD, NJ -- A teenage boy, an incoming freshman at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, according to witnesses, was transported via helicopter from Fanwood for medical treatment after he was struck by a car at the intersection of Helen Street and LaGrande Ave. The incident occurred shortly before 10:30 Saturday morning.

According to residents of Helen Street who requested anonymity, ...

Union County Authorities: Attempted Murder Charge for Plainfield Man in Connection with Double Shooting

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess jointly announced the arrest of Pernell O. White of Plainfield on Friday. White is charged with being responsible for a shooting that left two people seriously injured late last month.

White, 33, is charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and three related ...

Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band Plays Drive-In Concert at Union County VoTech in Scotch Plains

September 21, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ —B Street Band, the ever popular Bruce Springsteen tribute band, played a free “drive-in concert” at the Union County VoTech campus on Raritan Road in Scotch Plains on Sunday, evening that had attendees honking in the dark.

Emcee Brian Remo encouraged the audience to honk their horns and flash their lights in appreciation of the performance since the ...

Scenes from a Sunday at duCret in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's duCret School of Art hosted an event Sunday afternoon that featured the League of Women Voters of Plainfield, Tri-Fold Ministries, and representatives from Census 2020. School supplies and books were available for students. The event was meant to educate participants on both the importance of filling out the census and how it can impact communities over the ...

Plainfield: Census, Voter Registration, and Crazy Faith Riders at duCret on Sunday

PLAINFIELD, NJ — You missed them at Plainfield's 4th of July parade, but you can catch the Crazy Faith Riders on Sunday, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at duCret School of Art. And while you're there, be sure to register to vote and fill out the 2020 Census.

Time is running out to fill out the census. Results are used to inform how billions of federal dollars are distributed to communities ...

As more teachers stay out of classrooms, schools struggle to find substitutes

September 21, 2020

Many teachers are retiring, asking for leave or not wanting to go to schools in person amid COVID-19 fears

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There’s been a shortage of substitute teachers for years, but the ...

Plainfield Public Schools Virtual Back-to-School Nights

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Virtual back-to-school nights to meet teachers and ask questions are planned for parents and guardians of students in the Plainfield Public Schools district this week. Elementary Schools will meet Tuesday, Middle Schools will meet Wednesday, and High Schools meet Thursday.

Elementary Schools: Tuesday, September 22

Evergreen Elementary is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 ...

Westfield Honoring Late Principal from Plainfield With Courtyard Updates, Gardens

WESTFIELD, NJ — A remembrance garden, new walkways and seating area to be added to Westfield High School’s courtyard will honor the school’s late principal Dr. Derrick Nelson.

Work on the renovations, which will include multiple gardens and gathering spaces, will begin next week, school officials said at Tuesday’s school board meeting. Nelson died in ...

Man Charged in Connection with Theft and Long-term Neglect of Elderly Fanwood Woman

September 17, 2020

FANWOOD, NJ -- A 52-year-old man has been arrested and charged with neglecting and stealing nearly $90,000 from an elderly Fanwood woman in his care over the course of nearly four years, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced Thursday.

Castor A. Toro, 52, is charged with second-degree theft, second-degree theft by deception, and third-degree abandonment or neglect of an ...

New Jersey Native John Pak Plays in His First US Open Golf Tournament

September 17, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- In a way, he's come full circle.

Scotch Plains native John Pak tees off in his first ever US Open golf tournament this week at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, NY. Seven amateurs earned entry into the 120th U.S. Open Championship, which begins Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. The invitations are based on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® ...

NJSIAA Partners with NFL to Host Diversity Workshops for New Jersey High School Officials

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – NJSIAA (New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association), the governing body for high school sports in New Jersey, has announced a first-of-its-kind partnership with the NFL. The organization will host a two-day, virtual diversity, bias, and cultural competence workshop for football game officials. The two-day session’s goal is to increase awareness ...

Breaking Barriers: Danny Murtaugh Fielded Baseball's First All-Black Major League Lineup

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD -- Baseball marked an important milestone on Sept. 1, when the game celebrated the Pittsburgh Pirates team fielded by manager Danny Murtaugh 49 years ago; it was the first ever team of all Black players to start a Major League game. The lineup included Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell and Dock Ellis, one of the game's more ...

Garden State’s farmers struggle with impact of COVID-19 on agricultural industry

September 18, 2020

Those that sold to supermarkets fared better than those that relied on restaurants and schools

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Third-generation farmer Eric Hensel says in March he took what he was growing in his ...

Up to 40,000 NJ unemployment claims still backlogged

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Rockaway resident Alfred Cararo waited weeks for New Jersey’s Department of Labor to pay his unemployment claim.

“Just to not hear anything, just to not get any relief, ...

Garden State’s farmers struggle with impact of COVID-19 on agricultural industry

September 18, 2020

Those that sold to supermarkets fared better than those that relied on restaurants and schools

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Third-generation farmer Eric Hensel says in March he took what he was growing in his ...

Murphy Blasts Republicans’ ‘Blatant Power Grab’ in Rushing to Replace Ginsburg

September 22, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday said Republican lawmakers are displaying “rank hypocrisy” in looking to “ram a nominee” for the seat left vacant by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with less than seven weeks to go before Election Day 2020.

Three days after Ginsburg’s death, Murphy — a Democrat — called out U.S. Senate Republicans ...

Notorious RBG Got Her Start in Newark

NEWARK, NJ - Long before she became a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent nearly a decade in Newark as a professor at the School of Law–Newark, now Rutgers Law School.

Ginsburg, 87, who died Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, worked at the law school from 1963 to 1972, a period when it was at the forefront of the social justice ...

Scenes from a Sunday at duCret in Plainfield

September 20, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's duCret School of Art hosted an event Sunday afternoon that featured the League of Women Voters of Plainfield, Tri-Fold Ministries, and representatives from Census 2020. School supplies and books were available for students. The event was meant to educate participants on both the importance of filling out the census and how it can impact communities over the ...

Plainfield: Census, Voter Registration, and Crazy Faith Riders at duCret on Sunday

PLAINFIELD, NJ — You missed them at Plainfield's 4th of July parade, but you can catch the Crazy Faith Riders on Sunday, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at duCret School of Art. And while you're there, be sure to register to vote and fill out the 2020 Census.

Time is running out to fill out the census. Results are used to inform how billions of federal dollars are distributed to communities ...

NJ Election 2020: Register to Vote, Track Mail-In Ballots With New Online Portal

NEW JERSEY — Less than two months from Election Day, Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday said a new website will allow New Jersey residents to register to vote and track their mail-in ballot all while on the go or from the comfort of their home.

“This online form is safe and secure, and can be accessed anywhere — whether from a library computer or your smartphone,” Gov. Phil ...

Plant Trees Now for Decades of Shade and Beauty

September 20, 2020

Cooler temperatures and warm soil make fall a great time to add trees to your landscape. Make the most of this investment of money and time and give your tree its best chance at survival with proper planting and care.

Select a tree suited to the growing conditions, your landscape design and available space. Make sure it tolerates the sunlight, soil and temperature extremes. Check the tag for ...

West Coast Wildfires Bring Smoke to Northeast Skies

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The prevailing haziness of the past few months is proving to be more than just mental today. That's because smoke from the massive wildfires impacting numerous locations along the West Coast of the United States has worked its way into the jetstream, creating a faint pall over East Coast skylines.

According to New York Metro Weather, "Visible satellite imagery shows ...

With Hard-Fought Environmental Justice Bill Signed in Newark, Activists Look Toward Work Ahead

September 19, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — When Maria Lopez-Nunez, director of environmental justice and community development for Ironbound Community Corporation, rattles off all the industrial entities impacting the quality of life for residents in her community, she needs both hands to count. 

Among the culprits: a garbage incinerator, the largest sewage waste treatment plant in New Jersey, two power ...

Plainfield Planning Board to Consider 4-Story Addition at 405-407 Watchung Ave, and more

September 21, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's Planning Board will meet virtually Thursday for a hearing that could grant preliminary and final site plan approval, as well as bulk variances, at Adonai Property, LLC's 405-407 Watchung Avenue site to construct a four-story addition on an existing one-story building; it would become a mixed-use structure. The public can tune in and comment at the 7 ...

$19.3 Million Groundbreaking Held at Elmwood Square in Plainfield (Video)

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Housing Authority of Plainfield (HAP) broke ground on a $19.3 million project Thursday to celebrate the new construction of Elmwood Square, an ambitious redevelopment plan that will bring 58 new apartments to the community. The ceremony took place in partnership with the City of Plainfield, the Premier Community Development Corporation (PCDC), the County of Union, the ...

Pandemic Has Potential to Renew Demand for Suburban Housing in NJ, Land-Use Expert Says

Long-term slowdown in land development could be derailed by exodus to suburbs

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New data confirms that New Jersey has recently been using a lot less land for new development than it did 20 ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Resume Tutoring Work

EDISON, NJ -- The global pandemic and the need to work remotely has not stopped The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison’s partnership with Interfaith RISE of Highland Park and the W+H student-to-family tutoring program.  

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, Nicole Nolan of Bridgewater, W+H Director of Global Scholars and Community Outreach, along with Maya Wahrman, R&P Case ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Peer Leadership Retreat Enjoys New Look

EDISON, NJ 00 For three days, the 12 newly appointed senior peer leaders at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison moved the program’s annual opening retreat a little closer to home – right on the W+H campus!

Normally, the kickoff to the Peer Leadership program resides on the wooded property of the Fairview Lakes YMCA in upstate NJ. However, this year our team building and ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Kicks Off School Year with Convocation Ceremony

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison officially opened the 2020-2021 school year with its 138th Convocation Ceremony. This year’s ceremony was held virtually in a webinar presented to the full W+H community.

The processional included members of the Upper School Student Council carrying their class flags, which were placed on the stage of the Berry Performing Arts Center.

Union County Launches Virtual Wildlife Wednesdays Program

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that the popular “Wildlife Wednesdays” program is returning next Wednesday, September 23 with “NJ Natives” a program focusing on wildlife original to the garden state, such as the spotted turtle and garter snake.  New programs will continue to run each Wednesday through the end of October, with a new starting time ...

Union County: Helping You Recycle Right

Recycling has been mandatory in New Jersey since 1987 but questions continually arise about recycling.  The Union County Bureau of Recycling wants residents to Recycle Right so here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Q:  What is ACCEPTABLE in my curbside bin?

A: Recycle all empty plastic bottles coded #1 & # 2, aluminum & steel (tin) cans, glass ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, September 22, 11:30 AM

Plainfield Public Schools, Plainfield

Free Breakfast & Lunch for Residents 18 and ...

Education Food & Drink

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Tue, September 22, 2:00 PM

Greater Refuge Church of Christ, Plainfield

Community Food Pantry

Food & Drink Giving Back Religions And Spirituality

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Wed, September 23, 11:30 AM

Plainfield Public Schools, Plainfield

Free Breakfast & Lunch for Residents 18 and ...

Education Food & Drink

How Sweet! Check Out These NJ Honey Farms During National Honey Month

September 17, 2020

NEW JERSEY — September is widely recognized as National Honey Month. This month typically marks the end of the honey collection season for beekeepers across the US.

You don’t have to be arms deep in a beehive to appreciate the thick, golden stuff that makes everything sweeter. The Garden State has a number of bee and honey farms that produce high-quality, local raw ...

New Jersey Date Night: San Gennaro Festival, DIY Style

As each New Jersey summer comes to a close, one sure thing that takes away the sting from saying goodbye to hot, sunshine-filled days is attending a San Gennaro Festival. This celebration, lasting 11 days in Manhattan and with smaller-scaled celebrations in our state, is a food-fest of Italian flavor. Peppers and sausage and zeppolis reign supreme with their tempting aromas in the ...

Free COVID-19 Tests Available at Convenient Locations in Union County

September 22, 2020

The Union County COVID-19 Mobile Test Unit visits local communities to provide free walk-up tests; no car required.

The Union County Mobile Test Unit is continuing to visit local communities to provide free COVID-19 tests for residents this fall. No car is required. All sites are available on a walk-up basis.

“We encourage all Union County residents to use this free, convenient ...

When Will Our Kids Start Learning?

September 13, 2020

Dear Editor of TAPinto,

When are we going to stop letting our schools decline and start intervening so our kids can learn? We are all guilty. And, I think, we can each be part of the solution.

I was the victim of a bad early education. The middle child of seven, I was seldom read to at bedtime. I entered a school that was unprepared for the baby boom: my second-grade class was so big ...

Early-Morning Earthquake in East Freehold Triggers Rumbling throughout Central Jersey

September 9, 2020

FREEHOLD, NJ — East Freehold was the center of a 3.1 magnitude earthquake early this morning that could be felt throughout Central Jersey, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake struck at about 2 a.m. on September 9, triggering an influx of nearly 6,000 reports from people who felt the rumbling in at least seven counties in New Jersey, including Monmouth. There were no ...

Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland

Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland (Simon & Schuster, 2020)

 

Month and Year: August 1926

Event: At the age of 21, the tenacious Trudy Ederly, a 1924 Olympic gold medalist in the 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay,  became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. Ederly, a Jersey girl, made it from the shores of France to the British Coast in 14 hours and ...

Too Much and Not Enough by Mary Trump

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump, Ph.D. (Simon & Schuster, 2020)

 

I admit it. I couldn’t wait to get my copy of Too Much and Never Enough by President Donald Trump’s niece, Mary Trump. Mary, whose father, Fred, was Donald’s  older brother, was shunned by her grandfather and cut out of the ...

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 ...

NJ Motor Vehicle Storage Facility Aims to Create Community for Car Enthusiasts

September 20, 2020

FAIRFIELD, NJ -- Allison Kulesza, General Manager of Car Lofts in Fairfield, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur about the facility's unique offerings for car enthusiasts and how the business has managed and pivoted during the pandemic. 

Car Lofts is a vehicle storage facility with a private social club for car enthusiasts, along with rental venues ...