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Pfizer Vaccine Open to Kids 12-15 in NJ. What Plainfield Parents Need to Know

May 13, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Pfizer vaccine opened to children 12 – 15 in New Jersey Wednesday night, state health officials said.

The state Health Department in a statement said that following federal authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children in that age range, it is allowing the vaccine to be administered to those children.

“With today’s recommendations, ...

NJ Now Reports Vaccination Data by Town; Murphy Gives Latest COVID Numbers, Says NFL Games Could Have Greater Capacity this Fall

NEW JERSEY -- Touting the benefits of vaccination in curbing the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy at his press briefing today said he anticipates the CDC and the FDA will give the green light to Pfizer’s emergency use authorization application to vaccinate adolescents ages 12 to 15-years-old. Murphy added that the New Jersey Dept. of Health is currently finalizing guidance for ...

Murphy Bill Would Upgrade Criminal Charges for Hazing

TRENTON, NJ – To discourage the use of hazing as part of organizations' initiation ceremonies on college campuses, a bill sponsored by Assemblymembers Carol Murphy, Louis Greenwald and Roy Freiman seeks to preempt the return of hazing to New Jersey schools by upgrading the charges for this dangerous behavior. The measure was advanced by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee ...

Where Plainfield Residents Ages 12 and Up Can Get the Pfizer Vaccine

May 14, 2021

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for 12- to 15-year-olds in New Jersey. Plainfield Public Schools, partnering with the Office of the Governor of New Jersey and Walgreens Pharmacy, will provide a COVID-19 Vaccination Day open to students 12-years-old and up this Saturday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Plainfield High School Auditorium, 950 Park Avenue.  

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Latest Plainfield Vaccination Figures and Updated CDC Guidelines for the Fully Vaccinated

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy announced today via Twitter that for the first time in over six months, the state's number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 has fallen below 1,000.

"With our numbers trending in the right direction, we can continue fighting back against this virus if we all get vaccinated," Murphy tweeted.

Murphy said that 7,804,653 total ...

Pfizer Vaccine Open to Kids 12-15 in NJ. What Plainfield Parents Need to Know

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Pfizer vaccine opened to children 12 – 15 in New Jersey Wednesday night, state health officials said.

The state Health Department in a statement said that following federal authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children in that age range, it is allowing the vaccine to be administered to those children.

“With today’s recommendations, ...

Fire Safety Alert: Kidde Recalls Smoke Detectors for Failure to Sound Alarm in Fire

May 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — The community is being alerted to a nationwide safety recall of certain Kidde smoke detectors for failing to sound off during smoke conditions or a fire.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission on May 6 announced the recall of some 225,000 Kidde smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms — Model Series 2040, 2050, 2060 and 2070, which have a TruSense logo or ...

Plainfield: Medevac Transports 8-Yr-Old Burn Victim

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield Police and Fire units responded around 2:12 p.m. on Wednesday to the 900 block of West Sixth Street for a burn victim, according to a release by Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess.

The 8-year-old victim was severely burned by a candle, and was transported via State Police Medevac from Plainfield High School to St. Barnabas ...

Plainfield Police Report Monday Night Aggravated Assault

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield Police units responded to the area of the 1100 block of West Third Street on a report of shots fired on Monday, May 10 at 6:51 p.m. according to a press release sent Tuesday.

Officers located a 20-year-old male victim who was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound at an area hospital.

The Plainfield Police Criminal Investigation Bureau continues ...

"Shadows of the 60s" Drive-In Concert Coming to Plainfield

May 6, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Union County Board of County Commissioners announced that the Motown tribute band Shadows of the 60s will headline a free, live drive-in concert at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield.

The event is free, but registration is required online in advance to reserve a spot. Reservations will be available on a first come, first served basis ...

New Jersey Launches “Your Voice, Your Shot” Video Contest; Submission Deadline: May 11

TRENTON — Governor Phil Murphy announced the Your Voice, Your Shot video contest that urges New Jersey residents to share why they and others are getting vaccinated.

The contest calls for compelling, creative and captivating videos, and a number of finalists will be chosen. The public will then be invited to vote on their favorites. The winning video will be used in the ...

Rotary Club of the Plainfields Seeking Volunteers to Build Butterfly Garden

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Rotary Club of the Plainfields is seeking volunteers to help build a butterfly garden — a project to benefit the environment — at the Drake House. Butterflies are pollinators, and feed on the nectar of flowers.

According to sciencemag.org, over the past two decades, surveys of the two major populations of monarch butterflies in North America have ...

National TV Segment on Fox & Friends Examines Scotch Plains-Fanwood School Reopening

May 14, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fox News morning show Fox & Friends shined a national spotlight on the school reopening situation in Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Thursday morning.

Danielle Wildstein and Vicki Dembiec, two of the parent leaders of a lawsuit filed to force the SPFK12 district to open full days for five days, appeared on the morning show along with their attorney, James ...

Plainfield Public Schools Job Fair / Feria de empleo de las escuelas públicas de Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Public Schools district is holding a virtual job fair for middle and high school teaching positions for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.

The event will be held on Wednesday, May 19, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. To see a list of available positions, and to start an application, click here.

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VFW Patriot Path Honors Two St. Bartholomew Academy Students in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- St. Bartholomew Academy eighth-grade students Justin Klein and Anthony Kwiatkowski were honored for their participation in the Veteran of Foreign Wars, Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest.

On Friday, May 7, 2021, Joseph McCourt of VFW Memorial Post 10122 in Scotch Plains-Fanwood, the chairman of the contest, presented the students with a Certificate of ...

Roselle 2-Year-Old Found Safe Following Auto Theft and Kidnapping

May 14, 2021

ROSELLE, NJ — A 2-year-old child is safe and has been reunited with his family after being briefly kidnapped in a vehicle that was stolen outside a Roselle home Thursday night, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Roselle Police Chief Brian Barnes jointly announced Friday.

“The diligent work of our Roselle Police Department, along with county police, not only ...

Plainfield Gets New Football Coach, Welcomes James Williams

May 10, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Board of Education approved the appointment of a new head football coach on April 20. On Thursday, the Plainfield High School Athletics Department and players welcomed Coach James Williams, who will lead the Cardinals in the upcoming fall season.

Athletic Director John Quinn said, “Coach Williams is a veteran head High School coach and was very successful in ...

Baseball: Plainfield Rolls Over Roselle Park 21-2 on Tuesday

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Erick Rodriguez, Lucas Kidder and Nasir Powell had two hits each, scoring a combined 7 runs, to lead Plainfield to a crushing 21-2 win at home over Roselle Park on Tuesday.

Cameron Smith threw a strong 3 innings for the win, while striking out 6 batters. Bryan Williams and Powell, Coach Sean Radu said, ran wild on the bases, with 5 stolen bases each.

The pitching team ...

Plainfield Parks Reopening Includes Ribbon Cutting at Rushmore Recreational Complex

PLAINFIELD, NJ — After a year-long closure due to COVID-19 concerns of the administration, Plainfield municipal parks opened Saturday for residents to enjoy dawn to dusk. A ribbon cutting ceremony was also held at the new Rushmore Recreational Complex in the Fourth Ward.

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp said, "Ever since I took office, it has been my plan to make sure that we transform all ...

UPDATE: Colonial Pipeline Restarted Operation; Normal Delivery Rate Expected the Coming Days

May 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again. 

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue ...

Panic Buying Gasoline After Oil Pipeline Cyberattack Leads to Price Increases. See How Union County Compares to National Averages.

Elizabeth, NJ. — A cyberattack against a “vital” U.S. oil pipeline has contributed to a spike in already high gasoline prices. New Jersey gas prices now average $3.04 per gallon, according to AAA, compared to roughly $3.01 per gallon nationally. 

In Union County, the price at the pump has hit $3.035 as of May 12. This is part of a national trend in high gas prices ...

PMUA Frontline Workers Rally for Higher Wages in Plainfield (Video)

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Frontline workers at the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority rallied outside the main office at 127 Roosevelt Avenue Tuesday to send a message to those in leadership positions, saying they want a fair contract with fair wages.

Sam Andrews said, "We're in the process of negotiating another contract, and this is the reason why we're out here, because we ...

Allergy Alert: Hershey Recalls Chocolate Shell Topping Due to Undeclared Allergen

May 6, 2021

Hershey’s Chocolate Shell Topping has been voluntarily recalled due to undeclared almonds, announced the Hershey company in a press release.

Approximately 1,700 bottles were incorrectly filled with Heath Shell Topping which is made with almonds, they said.

The product being recalled was shipped nationwide between April 15 and May 3, 3021 and have a product code of ...

Food Pantries Share $3.5 million to Strengthen Hunger-Relief Services

May 11, 2021

Demand for food assistance expected to remain high as pandemic begins to fade

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Almost 300 New Jersey food pantries and soup kitchens are sharing in $3.5 million to improve their services ...

Advocacy Group Applauds Murphy, Legislators for Effort to Fight Organ Donor Insurance Discrimination

NEW JERSEY, NJ  – Science in Donation, a non-profit organization devoted to supporting, educating, and advocating on behalf of the interests or members of the donation and transplant communities, is celebrating Governor Phil Murphy’s signing of a new law that prohibits insurance discrimination against living organ donors.

Since its launch, the group has been advocating against ...

In-Person Criminal Jury Trials, Grand Jury Proceedings to Resume in June

May 11, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Criminal jury trials will resume in person next month, under a Supreme Court order issued Tuesday that revises juror service based on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in New Jersey.

The Court’s order directs the resumption of in-person criminal jury trials beginning June 15, with cases that involve detained defendants receiving the highest priority. 

Civil ...

NJ Assemblyman Seeks to Criminalize Falsifying COVID Vaccine Cards

BAYONNE, NJ — National disasters don’t always bring out the best in people. Often, unscrupulous characters seek to take advantage of people during tough times. As more people across the United States and the State of New Jersey are rolling up their sleeves to protect themselves against COVID-19, the risk of scammers selling fraudulent vaccination cards is now higher than ever, ...

Plainfield Forum Faceoff for 4th Ward Council Seat

May 13, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The League of Women Voters hosted a forum Thursday with the three candidates running to fill the Fourth Ward council seat currently held by Stacey Welch. Moderated by Ann Armstrong of the Hunterdon-Somerset County LWV chapter, Welch, Taleana Williams Hurst and Terri Briggs-Jones answered questions that focused on development, the city budget, safety and the PMUA. Voters ...

What You Need to Know About Voting in The Primary Election in Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Voters will have a choice to vote by mail or in-person in the June 8 primary election, but drop boxes are here to stay, county officials said. Whichever way voters decide to cast their votes, the registration deadline is May 18.

Since Gov. Phil Murphy announced the primary election will be mostly in-person, Union County Board of Elections Administrator Nicole DiRado ...

Vacation Care for Container Gardens

May 10, 2021

Planning a few long weekends or a vacation may have you rethinking your garden plans. Don’t let time away from home stop you from growing flowers and vegetables in containers.

Irrigation systems with timers and self-watering pots are options to make container gardening and vacation care easier. You may, however, just be looking for ways to adapt your existing container gardening care ...

Grow Edamame for Better Health and Nutrition

Add a bit of fiber to your garden and diet.  Consider growing edamame (edible soybeans) in this year’s garden.

Soybeans help promote overall health reducing the risk of high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.  Plus, the high fiber in soy helps fight colon and some other cancers.

Edamame is an ancient Asian vegetable and is often eaten right from ...

PMUA Frontline Workers Rally for Higher Wages in Plainfield (Video)

May 11, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Frontline workers at the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority rallied outside the main office at 127 Roosevelt Avenue Tuesday to send a message to those in leadership positions, saying they want a fair contract with fair wages.

Sam Andrews said, "We're in the process of negotiating another contract, and this is the reason why we're out here, because we ...

New Jersey Tourism Industry Association Discusses the Power Tourism Adds to State Economy

May 8, 2021

Ocean County, NJ - New Jersey Tourism Industry Association (NJTIA) held their annual Advocacy Day event online May 6 in honor of National Travel & Tourism Week. Held via zoom, NJTIA continued this important tradition recognizing the impact tourism has as one of the leading industries within the Garden State.

The event opened with a welcome message from Governor Phil Murphy, tourism ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Wins DAR Good Citizen Award

EDISON, NJ-- Taliyah Williams of Rahway, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, was among three local high school seniors to receive Good Citizen Awards from The Westfield Chapter of The Daughters of The American Revolution (DAR).

Each school selected one Good Citizen from their senior class based on Dependability (truthfulness, loyalty, punctuality), Service (cooperation, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Scholars Deliver Capstone Presentations

EDISON, NJ-- Twelve seniors in the Class of 2021 at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison shared their research and findings on a variety of pertinent topics in last week’s Capstone presentations in the Center for Global Learning. This project, a requirement to graduate with the Global Scholars Program diploma, involves many components including a written paper, action research ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Participate in Read-a-thon

EDISON, NJ-- Lower School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison capped a three-week read-a-thon in April with some impressive numbers. The students logged 20,438 minutes of total reading. Fourth-grader Josh Culver of Colonia led all students with 1,368 minutes, which is nearly one full day! Total donations reached $4,130 and the proceeds will go toward a fund to diversify Lower ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Enjoy Middle School Spirit Week

EDISON,NJ-- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison are celebrating their own divisional Spirit Week from May 3-7. Students are having a blast embracing daily themes to begin the home stretch of this unprecedented school year in style.

The week kicked off with Match a Friend Monday on which students joined up to four friends with matching outfits. Teachers joined the ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Release Butterflies in Garden

EDISON, NJ-- The Junior Kindergarten class at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison concluded its lifecycle unit by releasing their Painted Lady butterflies in the Lower School garden on April 28. Early Childhood students learned about the lifecycles of ladybugs, chickens, frogs and the butterfly. 

“We received our butterflies as caterpillars and watched them form chrysalis as they ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Wins Golf Course Design Contest

EDISON, NJ-- Claire Lu of Edison, a freshman at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, captured the essence of her signature sport to win the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) Great Junior Golf Design Challenge of 2021. She designed a par-5 hole and named it hOle. Claire’s design was selected as the best of more than 85 designs sent in, and she is recognized as the top ...

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Sat, May 15, 9:00 AM

duCret School of Art, Plainfield

Flea Market & Collectible Fair at duCret School ...

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Sat, May 15, 10:00 AM

Burger King Parking Lot, Plainfield

Plainfield Rescue Squad: Blood Pressure Screenings

Health & Wellness Police & Fire

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Sat, May 15, 10:00 AM

Plainfield High School Auditorium, Plainfield

COVID-19 Vaccination Day

Health & Wellness

New Jersey Date Night: Stroll Through These Gorgeous Gardens

May 13, 2021

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

There’s always something growing in New Jersey, be it excitement for warmer weather or the flowers in everyone’s yard. Celebrating springtime in the Garden State requires a garden date. We have so many options at our fingertips — possibilities guaranteed to inspire romance and ...

Find Your Green Thumb: NJ Experts Offer Tips for Starting a Kitchen Garden

NEW JERSEY — They don’t call this The Garden State for nothing.

Want to bring out your inner green thumb this season? There’s no better time than now to get started on a kitchen garden.

“There is no mastery of gardening, you just get better at guessing,” said Bloomfield’s L. Be. Sholar, who offers gardening tips on her blog, Farm-Based ...

Sayreville's Brandon Bielak, Saint Joseph HS Grad, Pitches Against the Yankees

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Brandon Bielak, a Sayreville native who played his high school baseball at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen), took the mound for the Houston Astros against the Yankees Tuesday evening in a hostile Yankee Stadium, where fans released their anger over Houston's sign-stealing scandal became public following the 2019 ALCS.

Bielak had the thrill of ...

Join Union County’s Free Recycling Events in May, June

May 14, 2021

Free events enable Union County residents to help conserve resources and reduce waste.

The Union County Board of Commissioners remind residents that free countywide recycling events are coming up in May and June. There will be separate events for Scrap Metal, Mobile Paper Shredding, and Household Hazardous Waste. All residents from any municipality in Union County can use any of these ...

Right Choice for Mayor

May 14, 2021

To the editor of TAP into Plainfield: 

I am writing to endorse Sean McKenna, Mayor for the City of Plainfield.

Sean stood out to me as a leader and a thinker since introduction to him upon moving here in 2016.  I heard his questions while serving on the Planning Board and now as the Second Ward Councilman. He’s direct, courteous, and informed - all the qualities we want ...

Central Jersey Temple Faces Allegations of Human Trafficking, Forced Labor & Abuse in Workers' Class Action Lawsuit

May 12, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Federal law enforcement officials descended on the BAPS Temple in Robbinsville on Tuesday to execute court orders on the property where workers say they were victims of human trafficking and labor abuse. Six plaintiffs have filed the lawsuit on behalf of approximately 200 other Indian nationals who claim they were forced labor and faced ...

Plainfield Public Schools Job Fair / Feria de empleo de las escuelas públicas de Plainfield

May 12, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Public Schools district is holding a virtual job fair for middle and high school teaching positions for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.

The event will be held on Wednesday, May 19, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. To see a list of available positions, and to start an application, click here.

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Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

The Benefits of Local Advertising

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When marketing your services or products, the best place to start is right in the community you serve. Your local community is full of potential new and returning customers, and that market is essential for you to sustain and grow. 

Local marketing is trending, and now more than ever it is important for your business to be prominent in your local market.

According ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Veteran TAPinto Franchisee Launches TAPinto Raritan Bay

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Longtime TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood franchisee John Mooney is taking his talents to the banks of the Raritan. After spending years growing TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood into one of the networks top 5 most-visited sites, Mooney is officially launching TAPinto Raritan Bay, covering Sayreville and South Amboy, N.J.

“Since I am familiar with Sayreville-South Amboy and ...

Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininty, and Power

Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power by Neal Gabler. (Yale 

Univ. Press, 2016).

Stephen Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell. (Yale Univ. Press, 2017)

 

My family complains each year at holiday time that I am impossible to buy gifts for. This is true because, usually, if I want something, I purchase it myself. They ask me for lists, but even ...

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 ...

Lincoln of Wayne: Three Generations Build One of Nation's Top Car Dealerships

May 13, 2021

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the dealership’s unique history being a third-generation, family-owned business.

Spina’s grandfather, Gaspar Spina, started selling cars in the 1950s and established the dealership in 1962.

“Back then, the industry was very different,” Spina explained. “He worked his ...