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50 Years Later, Poll Shows Taxes Still Top Issue For New Jersey Residents

November 30, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Not much has changed in 50 years when it comes to New Jersey’s most important problem, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Then and now, New Jerseyans rate taxes – including property taxes – as their number one concern.

In the most recent poll, 39% of residents mention taxes when asked about the top issues facing the state, followed by 14% who ...

How to Protect Against Scams That Prey on Seniors

SOMERVILLE, NJ -- U.S. Representative Tom Malinowski, whose district covers parts of Scotch Planis, hosted a virtual workshop for local seniors to share best practices to protect against fraud.

The event featured Robin Eichen from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) who discussed the types of fraud that disproportionately affect seniors: including identity theft, social security ...

NJ Cannabis Commission Updates Local Gov't Officials on Regulatory Issues

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- Executives from the state's Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) at the NJ League of Municipalities last week provided an overview of the newly adopted regulations to implement the legalization of adult recreational use of marijuana. The panel session, moderated by the president of the NJ League of Municipalities, Clinton Mayor Janice Kovach, featured CRC ...

First Omicron Variant Case Confirmed in New Jersey

December 3, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli announced the State Department of Health has confirmed a case of the Omicron variant in a traveler to the state.  The person has been identified by the state as an adult female, who is a fully-vaccinated resident from Georgia, and had recently traveled to South Africa.

She tested positive on November 28 ...

Plainfield: Info on, and Vaccines for Children 5 and Up

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Neighborhood Health Center and Plainfield's Board of Education are collaborating to get children ages 5 and up vaccinated against COVID-19. Through this joint effort, parents can register for their children to receive the vaccine, choosing from two dates.

The first option is on Monday, December 6, at Emerson School, located at 305 Emerson Avenue. A second option is on ...

Princeton University Tightens COVID Restrictions as Students Return from Thanksgiving Break

Does Princeton University know something that we don’t’ know? On Saturday, November27, as lots of us were still enjoying extended visits with family and friends for the first time in two years, the university posted several updates to its COVID-19 Resources website.

The university raised its risk status from moderate to high, but not apparently based on speculation about the new ...

Man Charged in Westfield Sex Assault Linked to Prior One in Plainfield, Prosecutor Says

December 2, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Authorities have linked the man accused in an Oct. 19 sexual assault in Westfield to another such assault in Plainfield reported earlier that month, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office announced Thursday.

Terence Rhue, 22, of Plainfield, is charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault with a weapon, third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact with a ...

String of Violent Robberies in Plainfield Under Investigation; Public’s Help Sought (VIDEO)

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Acting Plainfield Police Director Captain David Guarino jointly announced Wednesday that a series of violent street robberies targeting Hispanic males in Plainfield is under investigation. The robberies have occurred over the course of several weeks, and are mostly carried out during early morning and daytime hours.

The suspects ...

Photo Walk with Brian Branch-Price Through Plainfield's Cedar Brook Park

December 4, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Do you enjoy taking photographs? Do you own a camera and are comfortable using it? Then check out this "fotowalk" in Plainfield's Cedar Brook Park with Brian Branch-Price, a photography instructor at the duCret School of Art.

Cedar Brook Park comes alive with lakes and streams, playgrounds, and paths and trails. It is also home to the Shakespeare Garden, designed ...

Plainfield to Honor Veterans at Remembrance Ceremony

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield will hold its annual Veterans Day event on Thursday to honor those who have served and sacrificed during their time in the U.S. Military.

The event, beginning at 10:00 a.m., will be held at Black Lives Matter Plaza in front of City Hall at 515 Watchung Avenue.

Students are Invited to Join the Plainfield Public School District's Social Studies Book Club

December 3, 2021

The Plainfield Public Schools’ Social Studies Department and K-12 Social Studies Supervisor Dr. Tristian Cox invite teachers, administrators, students and parents to participate in the newly created Social Studies Book Club.

"We will be reading Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America 1619-2019. The purpose of the book club is to prepare participants to ...

Plainfield Resident Performs in "Dreams of Winter" Choral Concert

READING, PA -- Soprano Felicia Oyekola of Plainfield participated in Albright College's "Dreams of Winter" choral concert on November 20 as a member of the Lion Chorale. A graduate of Plainfield High School, Oyekola is studying fashion/design at Albright.

Directed by Jordan M. Shomper, the Dreams of Winter concert featured traditional pieces of choral music, newly composed ...

Plainfield School District's Anti-Bullying Report Scores Improve Over Previous Year

PLAINFIELD, NJ – Denise Shipman, District Anti-Bullying Coordinator for Plainfield Public Schools, provided highlights from the Annual Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) reports at Monday's school board meeting. Under the NJ Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, all schools within the district are required to complete the self-assessment report each school ...

NJ Teen Cancer Survivor Gives Back With Make-A-Wish

December 4, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 16-year-old junior at Westfield High School and cancer survivor, was recently granted a wish from Make-A-Wish New Jersey, but rather than go on a trip or meet a celebrity, as most wish recipients do, Mason Rockmore opted to give away his wish.

In February 2020, Rockmore was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer. He began ...

St. Bart's Girls Volleyball Ends Undefeated Season with Championship

November 30, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The St. Bart's girls volleyball team went undefeated for the entire season and won its first ever Archdiocesan championship.

Coached by Pamela Sawicki and assistant Mildred Stanley, the girls won their County Championship on Sunday, Nov. 14, against cross-town rival Holy Trinity. The lady Eagles then competed in the finals of the ...

Football: Defense Pushes Westfield Past Plainfield on Thanksgiving

PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Westfield High School football team traveled to Plainfield to meet the Cardinals in Thursday’s annual Thanksgiving matchup in the season finale for both teams.

After not playing last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Blue Devils looked to make it nine in a row in the series while Plainfield looked for its first win between the teams since 2011.

In what ...

Football: Plainfield Cardinals and Westfield Blue Devils Continue Tradition with Thanksgiving Day Game

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Cardinals take on the Westfield Blue Devils on Thursday at Hub Stine Field. The Thanksgiving Day matchup is one of the oldest games in the country, first played in 1900 when Westfield won 26-0. Last year, the game was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Download the scores for previous games.

The Cardinals are 5-4 this season. In the team's last ...

Wawa Welcomes Customers to New Location in Plainfield

December 3, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Wawa celebrated its new gas and food market location on South Avenue in Plainfield with a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony Friday. The store opened bright and early to a steady stream of customers, offering "I Love Wawa" T-shirts for the first 100 customers, and free coffee. Wawa will offer a free cup of Joe to all Plainfield customers through Sunday, December ...

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Welcomes Plainfield New Business “from HERE” to the Queen City

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The City of Plainfield officially welcomed from HERE, a commitment-free neighborhood co-working space, and one of the city's newest businesses, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday. Located on Watchung Avenue, from HERE offers flexible workspace options for those seeking a reliable place to work and meet. Sneh Kadakia, Founder & CEO, has said the goal of from HERE ...

Wawa on South Ave. in Plainfield Set to Open on Friday

PLAINFIELD, NJ -- The new Wawa on 1470 South Ave., Plainfield (near the corner of Terrill Road) will host a ribbon-cutting to celebrate its opening on Friday, Dec. 3, and the public is invited. It had been slated for an early 2022 opening.

Doors open at 8:00 a.m. with limited-edition “I Love Wawa” t-shirts for the first 100 customers through the door. The ...

Stay Healthy This Holiday Season; Don't Eat Raw Cookie Dough Says the CDC

December 4, 2021

Baking during the holiday season a great way to spend time with family. However, the CDC says not taste or eat unbaked cookie dough or batter before it's fully baked. 

According to health officials, you can get sick after eating or tasting raw (unbaked) dough or batter. Raw eggs are another ingredient in dough and batter that can make you or your loved ones sick. Raw or lightly ...

Recall Alert: Birds Eye Broccoli Tots Recalled Due to Presence of Small Rocks and Metal Fragments

Birds Eye Broccoli Tots have been recalled due to potential presence of small rocks and metal fragments in the product, announced Conagra Brands, Inc. The recall was initiated after the company received calls from consumers.

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Thanksgiving Leftovers for Safe Keeping, Weekend Grazing

What's better than a Thanksgiving Day meal? Leftovers!  Before you dig in, here are some tips to keeping those Thanksgiving leftovers safe.

The following tips are provided by Foodsafety.gov. 

Leftovers should be stored within two hours of cooking. Divide leftovers into smaller portions and refrigerate or freeze them in covered shallow containers so they cool quickly. A ...

Sisters of Solomon Prepare Thanksgiving Meals for the Plainfield Community

November 29, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A number of local groups provided meals for the Plainfield community in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday in order to ensure everyone had a holiday meal. One organization, the Sisters of Solomon, prepared a Thanksgiving lunch, complete with turkey and all the trimmings, at duCret School of Art. 

Tiara Green, who traveled to Plainfield from south Jersey to volunteer, ...

Plainfield's Stillman Elementary Holding a Coat Drive

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Principal Gwynetta Joe of Charles H. Stillman Elementary School in Plainfield is overseeing a coat drive, requesting the community's help to donate lightly used or new coats in children's sizes 5 to 16.

The items will benefit students in need at the school, and can be dropped off at the school at 201 West 4th Street from December 1 to December 17, 2021.

For more ...

Plainfield: Netherwood Neighbors Holding its 15th Annual Holiday Food Drive

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Netherwood Heights Neighbors, one of Plainfield's neighborhood associations, is seeking donations for its 15th Annual Food Drive to benefit local families in need.

Neighbor Laura Kayser is spearheading this initiative, working as the liaison with Plainfield Action Services whose mission is to provide services to the city's ...

Mums, a Traditional Fall Favorite

November 22, 2021

The rich colors and fall bloom of Chrysanthemums represent fall for many. It’s also the November birth flower symbolizing cheerfulness, optimism, and friendship. Add a few to your indoor décor and help improve the indoor air quality in your home.

This traditional favorite is often overlooked for other newer introductions. Mums’ long vase life, variety of flower shapes, and ...

Rescued Injured Hawk Recovering at NJ Avian Care Facility

November 24, 2021

TOMS RIVER, NJ — A Cooper’s hawk that was rescued in the middle of Ocean Avenue by Belmar police on Monday is in stable condition at Toms River Avian Care.

“He's doing fine,” said Don Bonica, owner of the wildlife rescue service, who believes the bird hit a window because of the impact he suffered to his left eye.

“We have him on IV fluids, force-fed ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Students, Coaches Excel in Girls on the Run 5K Race

EDISON, NJ -- The Girls on the Run program at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison capped another strong fall season with an outstanding performance at this year’s Central Jersey 5K race in Somerville. The young athletes and their coaches ran well on a chilly Sunday morning.

Ryan Maciorowski, an eighth-grade student from Neptune City, finished third overall in a field of 886 ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge First Graders Program a Community Parade

EDISON, NJ -- First graders at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison combined many useful skills during a recent project in their study of communities that culminated in a parade on the day before Thanksgiving break.

The students read Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet, a book based on a true story about puppeteer Tony Sarg and the origins of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Investigate Ocean Currents During STEM Workshop

EDISON, NJ -- Just how did a 55-pound Aldabra Tortoise from the island atoll in the Seychelles float and arrive on the shores of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania some 450 miles away? What makes ocean currents? Middle School STEM students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison started their two-day after school program last week with these focusing questions. 

Under the guidance of Mrs.

Wardlaw+Hartridge Global Scholars Explore Food Insecurity, Water Scarcity

EDISON, NJ -- Students in the Global Scholars Program at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison participated in an interactive learning session led by Amal Stefanos, an Eritrean researcher, writer and educator who approaches her work and teaching through the lens of global citizenship. She was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya and her studies have specialized on the Horn and Eastern ...

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New Jersey Date Night: Celebrate Hanukkah With Some of NJ’s Best Doughnuts

November 27, 2021

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

Whether you personally celebrate Hanukkah or have friends who do, there are a lot of takeaways from this well-known yet not major Jewish holiday. Much like an action film of today, Hanukkah features conflict between the Maccabees and the Seleucids, a sacred temple as a backdrop and of course a supply chain ...

All About the Thanksgiving Side Dish Green Bean Casserole

NEW JERSEY — Green Bean Casserole, that Thanksgiving Day staple since the 1950s, was invented right here in New Jersey. If you have some on your table Thursday night, you can thank Campbell’s recipe developer Dorcas Reilly, who Campbell’s refers to as the “Grandmother of Green Bean Casserole.”

Some other facts about green bean casserole to share around the ...

Vincent Sollecito Given Prestigious Award from Saint Joseph High School

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Sayreville native Vincent Sollecito was bestowed with the Cor Jesu Award from Saint Joseph High School for his longtime service as president of the high school's Father's Club. Sollecito has been involved with the school for 18 years, touching generations of Falcon students and families.

Sollecito's two sons both graduated from Saint Joe's. Frank, ...

Union County’s Clark Reservoir Slated for Restoration

December 4, 2021

Environmental assessment under way, including water and sediment testing.

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce that work is moving forward on the restoration of the Clark Reservoir. Located along Robinson’s Branch of the Rahway River in the Township of Clark, the reservoir was built in 1907. It was part of the municipal water supply system until it fell ...

Fraudulent $5M SBA Loan Application Lands Banking Lender in Jail

December 4, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — The chief lending officer for a New Jersey bank will be heading to jail after pleading guilty of knowingly and fraudulently applying for a $5 million Small Business Administration (SBA) loan for a Robbinsville Township business. 

According to U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig's office, James Bortolotti, 53, of Pennslyvania, learned of an SBA lending program ...

TAPinto Plainfield Tips: Press Release - What are we announcing?

November 28, 2021

Welcome to TAPinto Tips, a column created to help our readers navigate their way through our DIY platform.

This week’s topic: Press Release -- What are we announcing?

It is important for small businesses and organizations issuing press releases to know the difference between a press release and a news article. Press releases are marketing tools designed to keep the public ...

TAPinto Tips: Let TAPinto Be Part of your Marketing Plan

Do you have a Marketing Plan?  What are you doing now? Is it working? What's your budget? Do you want to reach our TAPinto viewers? Have you considered the TAPinto Do-it-Yourself (DIY) marketing platform? These are the questions I will ask you when inquiring about marketing with TAPinto.

The TAPinto network of 90 franchised sites in New Jersey ...

Issue Advocacy: How One TAPinto Franchisee Knew It Was Time to Engage the Reader Differently

Elizabeth Meyers knows how things work in Trenton.

She worked for a legislative member starting at the age of 20, then as a contract lobbyist, and then a stint at Capital Impact Group. Then Meyers went back to the legislature, where she worked as Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo's Chief of Staff for nine years.

Meyers is the Publisher/Editor for TAPinto Bordentown and Editor for ...

Success of TAPinto’s DIY Content Submission Process Highlighted at 2021 NJ Local News Summit

MONTCLAIR, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was featured as a virtual speaker at the 2021 NJ Local News Summit, presented by The Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University, on Thursday.  Shapiro talked about TAPinto’s Do-It-Yourself (DIY) content submission process and the impact on revenue.

The process, which was developed a few ...

The Nazi Titanic: The Incredible Untold Story of a Doomed Ship in World War II by Robert P. Watson

The Nazi Titanic: The Incredible Untold Story of a Doomed Ship in World War II by 

Robert P. Watson. (De Capo Press, 2016).

 

The sinking of the famous British luxury ship, Titanic, is etched indelibly in our imaginations, even today, over 100 years after she succumbed to an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Books, movies, and the story of locating the wreck in the 1980s and ...

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (St. Martin’s Press, 2022).

 

We have all met them; the golden couple, who toss their heads back together, lost in the joy of their mutual adoration. They appear at gala events, hand in hand, and meet at the soccer games of their children when work is over for the day. And sometimes, aren’t we surprised when we hear ...

How to Raise an Elephant by Alexander McCall Smith

How to Raise an Elephant by Alexander McCall Smith (Thorndike Press, 2020)

 

Alexander McCall Smith has always written about Botswana with the greatest love and respect. The descriptions of the country, with its bush, and small villages, its simple and loving people, have enticed the reader to want to visit there. However, in How to Raise an Elephant, Smith’s 21st novel in the ...

Billy Summers by Stephen King

Billy Summers by Stephen King. (Scribner, 2021)

 

Remember Dexter? He was the self-appointed Angel of Death, whose father recognized Dexter’s innate compulsion to kill and trained his bizarre boy to murder only people who deserved to die. Stephen King’s latest hero, Billy Summers bears some resemblance to Dexter in that he is a hired assassin who will only take on contracts ...

Dickens Village in Maplewood NJ Celebrates the 2021 Holiday Season Starting on December 4th

November 29, 2021

MAPLEWOOD,  NJ -- Dickens Village, an annual Maplewood NJ tradition, returns to Ricalton Square this week and will be open to the public from 1pm - 4pm on December 4th, 11th and 18th.

In celebration of the yearly event, TAPintoTV takes a look back at Stephanie Willoughby's visit to Dickens Village in 2019, and the community tradition of re-creating the village from ...