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Gov. Murphy, Health Officials Under Fire for Putting Smokers on COVID-19 Vaccine Priority List

January 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and state health officials are taking heat for placing smokers on the high-priority list for the coronavirus vaccine. 

On January 13, Murphy announced that vaccine would now be available to all residents age 65 and older, and people with health-compromising conditions, including cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and ...

Smokers Deemed Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine in Stage 1B Rollout

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and the NJ Department of Health are taking heat for putting smokers in the 1B category for people registering to receive the coronavirus vaccine. 

On Wednesday, the governor announced that all residents over age 65, not just those in long-term care facilities, would be the next in line to get the vaccine, along with people who have conditions that ...

NJ Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Receives Positive Coronavirus Test Result

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) received a positive rapid antigen test result for COVID-19 on Monday, according to a press release from her office. She believes she was exposed during protective isolation in the U.S. Capitol building as a result of insurrectionist riots on Jan. 6. As reported by multiple news outlets, a number of members within the space ignored instructions to wear ...

Friday: Plainfield COVID-19 Update and Testing Opportunities

January 15, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A grim milestone has been reached. The number of worldwide fatalities attributed to the coronavirus surpassed 2 million on Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University, while the number in the U.S. approaches four hundred thousand.

A statement from the mayor's office on Friday notes there have been 4,546 positive cases of COVID-19 reported in Plainfield over the ...

New Jersey Healthcare Leaders Discuss COVID-19 and Hope for the Future at TAPinto Virtual Event

NEW JERSEY - Looking to answer questions and seeing a "bright light" at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, New Jersey healthcare leaders spoke about how they've dealt with the pandemic while offering hope for the future, at a virtual event held by TAPinto on Thursday evening.

The first-ever TAPinto signature virtual event on Jan. 14 featured five health care experts, ...

Murphy Announces NJ Residents Over Age 65 Can Get COVID Vaccine Starting on Jan. 14

TRENTON, NJ -- Individuals ages 65 years and older and those between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions (defined by the CDC) that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination beginning Thursday, Jan. 14, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, who shared the news at his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday. The governor also announced ...

Gov. Murphy Says Trenton is Prepared Following Threat of State Capitol Protests

January 11, 2021

NEW JERSEY — The threat of Trenton protests on Jan. 17 looms, following a massive insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. last week.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Colonel Pat Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said Monday that NJ authorities are prepared and on high alert.

“We need to bat 1,000 every day. To the governor's point [we] will be ...

Murphy Orders U.S. and NJ Flags to Be Flown at Half-Staff on Jan 11 in Honor of Officer Brian Sicknick

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered that all U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff on Monday, Jan 11, 2021, in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick of South River, who died following injuries sustained while defending the U.S. Capitol when it was under siege on Jan. 6.

In a statement, Murphy said: 

“United States Capitol Police Officer ...

Police Investigating Shooting of Man, Woman Near Remsen Avenue

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police are investigating a shooting on Saturday night that left a man and woman with non-life-threatening wounds.

Police are investigating an aggravated assault that occurred Jan. 2 at about 11 p.m. near the area of Remsen Avenue and Hope Manor Drive, according to Capt. J.T. Miller of the New Brunswick Police Department.

A 39-year-old woman from Plainfield and a ...

Plainfield Residents Named to The University of Scranton Fall 2020 Dean's List

January 15, 2021

SCRANTON, PA — Local residents were among more than 1,800 students named to The University of Scranton's Dean's List for the 2020 fall semester. The Dean's List recognizes students for academic excellence. A student must have a grade point average of 3.5 or better with a minimum number of credit hours during the semester to make the Dean's List.

The students are Gabriel ...

SNHU Student from Plainfield Makes President's List

MANCHESTER, NH -- Derrick Grant of Plainfield has been named to Southern New Hampshire University's fall 2020 President's List. Eligibility for the President's List requires that a student accumulate an academic grade point average (GPA) of 3.7-4.0 and earn 12 credits for the semester.

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private, nonprofit institution with an 88-year ...

Plainfield Students Can Apply for 2021 Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Adele DeLeeuw was a prominent Plainfield resident, and a patron of the arts.  She had established a scholarship fund to assist students in need in the Plainfield area for their pursuit of post-secondary education. Applications for high school seniors wishing to apply for the 2020 Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship are now available, and are available in school guidance ...

Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr Reports She Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

January 15, 2021

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and her family are among the 37 new cases of COVID-19 in Fanwood reported by the Westfield Regional Board of Health this week, bringing the borough's total positive cases to 360 since the pandemic began. The group is predominantly middle-aged closely split by gender. 

The mayor informed residents in her weekly email newsletter on ...

Indoor Sports Back in Action, Clearing Way for Start of High School Winter Season

January 3, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — After a forced time-out of nearly one month, indoor sports in New Jersey returned this weekend, clearing the way for the start of the high school sports winter season.

Since Gov. Phil Murphy did not extend his December 5 ban placed on organized indoor sports — practices and competitions for youths and adults — these activities resumed on January 2 but with ...

Small Businesses Can Benefit from SBA's Changes to the PPP Lending Program

January 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- The newly issued guidelines on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lending overseen by the SBA and the U.S. Treasury Department will better target New Jersey's small businesses, especially those owned by minorities or located in low income areas.

The Economic Aid Act makes it possible for hard-hit businesses to get second loans from the PPP lending ...

Murphy Signs Economic Recovery Act into Law. Package Includes Support for Small Business, Long Term Economic Recovery

HAMILTON, NJ --  Governor Phil Murphy signed the landmark New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020 into law on Thursday at Hamilton's Carella's Chocolate's and Gifts, a local family business for more than 80 years. The law provides economic support for small businesses, while propelling New Jersey’s economic recovery and growth for much of the next ...

Murphy Returns to Newark for Health Care Workers’ Second Dose of Vaccine

NEWARK, NJ —  Flanked by the CEO and President of University Hospital, New Jersey’s Department of Health commissioner and Gov. Phil Murphy, nurse Martiza Beniquez remarked excitedly that she was ready to go. 

Beniquez, 56,  became the first person in New Jersey to receive the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in mid-December. On Monday, she received her final dose ...

Weekday Food Distribution to Resume at Plainfield Public Schools

January 3, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Weekday food distribution will resume on January 4 at public schools in Plainfield. The meals are available for those residents 18-years-old and younger, and can be picked up by a parent or guardian.

Evening hours will be available on Mondays and Thursdays, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. for those who are unable to come during the day. A multiple days worth of meals will be ...

Weekday Food Distribution to Resume at Plainfield Public Schools

January 3, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Weekday food distribution will resume on January 4 at public schools in Plainfield. The meals are available for those residents 18-years-old and younger, and can be picked up by a parent or guardian.

Evening hours will be available on Mondays and Thursdays, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. for those who are unable to come during the day. A multiple days worth of meals will be ...

Deer Hunt Opponents Protest at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield

January 10, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Organized by the Animal Initiative Committee, a group of concerned residents gathered at the entrance to Cedar Brook Park Sunday to sign a petition and protest a deer hunt that is currently underway in Plainfield.

In 2018, the last time a hunt was conducted at the Cushing Road Retention Basis, hunters took ten deer.

Then, at a council meeting in September 2019, ...

Plainfield Planning Board to Hear from Applicant for Mixed-Use at Fig Tree Site

January 6, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Applicant Centurion Plainfield 1222 South Avenue, LLC will come before Plainfield's Planning Board seeking preliminary and final site plan review for property where the now closed Fig Tree Market sits. Variance and waiver relief is also being sought.

According to a published legal notice, the Applicant is proposing to build a four-story mixed-use building composed of ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Running Food Drive for MLK Day

EDISON-- In celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison is holding a food drive. Although the pandemic has prevented the school from hosting its fourth annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on campus, the school remains committed to supporting his dreams of friendship, peace, love, equal opportunity and unity.

W+H families will ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Winter Teams Begin Practice

EDISON-- The basketball and cheer teams at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison began practice on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Middle School basketball players worked out in Plumeri Gym from 3:15-4:15, with Upper School athletes taking the courts afterward. Cheer teams in both divisions conducted their practice sessions on the stage in the Berry Performing Arts Center. All athletes wore masks ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Young Alumni Share Experiences on College Day

EDISON--Seven recent graduates from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison participated in a virtual panel discussion on Zoom and answered questions about the college process and their transition from high school on Young Alumni College Day. Separate discussions with W+H juniors and seniors were moderated by Chris Teare, Director of College Counseling, and Sarah Honan, Associate Director of ...

Upcoming Events


Fri, January 15, 11:30 AM

All Plainfield Public Schools, Plainfield

Fresh Fruit & Vegetables pick up

Education Food & Drink Giving Back


Sun, January 17, 2:00 PM

The Coffee Box, Plainfield

Gallery Opening at The Coffee Box - Photography ...

Arts & Entertainment


Tue, January 19, 6:30 PM

Zoom, Plainfield

Board of Education Business Meeting


New Jersey Date Night: Get Comfortable at These Good Old-Fashioned Diners

January 14, 2021

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

A new year is upon us and optimistically one may believe that the possibilities are endless. Granted we just came off a year so horrific that it makes Divorce Court look better than Disneyland, so it’s reasonable to be a little trepidatious. But then again, aiming for the positive is a mindset that ...

Mocktails are the Key to Enjoying Dry January — Try Ginger ‘Mock-jito’ Recipe

NEW JERSEY — Every January for the past three years, Shivam Patel voluntarily trades in a beer for a bottled water at his favorite Jersey dive bar. Patel is one of many who participate in Drynuary, or Dry January, abstaining from alcohol for the entire month in an effort to be healthier.

Originating in the UK as an advocacy campaign, the wellness trend started with just 4,000 people ...

Caring Contact Virtual Crisis Line Training

January 15, 2021

Have you ever been told you are a good listener? Do you have a yearning to really make a difference?  Caring Contact will be offering its 98th volunteer listening training beginning March 16th through June 15th. Training will run once a week on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm virtually on ...

First Latina Elected to Plainfield Board of Education/ Primera Latina Elegida a la Junta de Educación de Plainfield

January 4, 2021

As the first Latina elected to the Plainfield Board of Education, I want to say how grateful I am to everyone who supported me. In the November 3rd election, I ran on the Aiming Higher Together platform with two other candidates, Eric Andrews and Jacqui Workman. Together we promised to develop a strategic plan that meets immediate and long-term goals.

In a district with a 75% Latino student ...

Holland Tunnel Goes Cashless

January 10, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Almost 25 years after the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey established the E-ZPass system to allow vehicles to pass more easily through the Holland Tunnel, a new cashless toll has been installed to make it even more seamless.

Authorized in 2019 and scheduled to go into use last March, only to be suspended due to COVID-19, the technology is being used for the first ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Jennifer Dericks of TAPinto Sparta and TAPinto Newton

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The TAPinto Featured Franchisee of the Month for January 2021 is Jennifer Dericks from TAPinto Sparta and TAPinto Newton.

Dericks launched her two franchises back in 2012 after completing her term on the Sparta Board of Education and she’s been with TAPinto ever since.

“It would be more accurate to say TAPinto found me,” Dericks said. “I was ...

The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult

The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult. (Random House, 2020)


Death has never been more a part of my consciousness than in the year 2020. We are getting daily death totals just like we used to get on the nightly news during the Vietnam War. But, death is not a subject that humans like to dwell on. Most of us put thoughts of our mortality on the back burner so that we are able to ...

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin by Nic Stone. (Ember, 2017)

“Last night changed me. I don’t wanna walk around all pissed off, and looking for problems, but I know I can’t continue to pretend nothing’s wrong, Yeah, there are no more ‘colored’  water fountains, and it’s supposed to be illegal to discriminate, but if I can be forced to sit on the concrete in too-tight ...

Capitol Hill Riot Through the Eyes and Lens of Independent Photojournalist Julian Leshay

January 10, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Julian Leshay, an independent photojournalist, spoke with Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about his experiences taking photos at the recent Capitol Hill riot on January 6. Leshay gives viewers his insight into the scenes he witnessed and the images he captured on that fateful day. 

Leshay arrived in Washington, D.C. the day before, “to get the environment, to ...