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Bill to Establish Panel to Facilitate Gateway Construction Projects Approved by Assembly Panel

February 17, 2019

TRENTON, NJ  – Setting the project guidelines in conjunction with the state of New York, legislation creating the Gateway Development Commission -- sponsored by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and the Assembly Transportation Chair Daniel Benson -- cleared its first legislative hurdle Thursday.

“The Hudson Tunnel Project is arguably the most important project that will ...

Freeholders Discuss Minimum Wage Increase, Proposed NJ Transit Improvements, New Voting Machines in Union County

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Board of Chosen Freeholders discussed several developments taking place in Union County during their regular meeting Thursday night.

NJ State Minimum Wage Increase

As previously reported, Governor Phil Murphy recently signed legislation in Elizabeth raising the state minimum wage to $15 an hour.

“This is a great thing. Many New Jersey residents struggle ...

Plainfield Council Motion to Outsource 9-1-1 Operators Fails, and more

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Supporters of the city's 9-1-1 operators spoke at Plainfield's council meeting on Monday, asking members to vote down a resolution that would authorize a layoff plan.

The meeting kicked off with Council President Joylette Mills-Ransome presenting resolutions to historically Black fraternities and sororities for their contributions to the Plainfield community in ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: February 18-24

February 17, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - TAPinto what's going on in and around town this week.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield meetings and events.

MONDAY

Girls Basketball:  at Union Catholic, 4 p.m.

Be sure to check the Plainfield Cardinals Athletics site for most current schedule of games.

TUESDAY

Board of Education business meeting, at Plainfield High ...

Housing Authority of Plainfield to Hold Black History Celebration

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Housing Authority of Plainfield will present “Standing on the Shoulder of Giants for the Future," a Black History celebration.

The event will be held in the Richmond Towers Community Room, and will feature guest speaker Dr. Akil Kokayi Khalfani.

DATE:  Friday, Feb. 22
TIME:  6 to 9 p.m.
ADDRESS:  510-520 East Front Street

While ...

Plainfield Filmmaker goes International with Selection to Toronto Black Film Fest

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield native Lamar Mackson has had a long history in the film and entertainment industry, but recently his short film “White Pickett Fence” has landed him in the international spotlight with its selection to the Toronto Black Film Festival.

The film has already won Honorable Mention for Best Narrative Short, and Honorable Mention for Best Actress, ...

Edison Man Pleads Guilty in Connection with 2015 Plainfield Killing

February 14, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ - A Middlesex County man has admitted to his involvement in a Plainfield shooting that left a man dead and two women injured a little more than three years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Thursday.

Jordan Robinson, 25, of Edison pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated manslaughter during a Wednesday hearing before state Superior Court Judge ...

Two from Plainfield Indicted for Fatal Shooting

A Union County grand jury returned a 12-count indictment against two men charged in connection with a fatal shooting that took place in Plainfield a little more than two years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Monday.

Najee McCoy, 31, and Khasim Green, 39, were indicted on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree felony murder, first-degree robbery, and two ...

Plainfield Police Remind Residents to be Alert to Suspicious Activity

PLAINFIELD, NJ - An alert has been issued by the Plainfield Police reminding residents to be alert to any suspicious activity.

Remember to lock car doors, front AND back doors of your house, and windows.  Be sure to keep valuables out of view, and secure those doggy doors, too.

According to the alert, if you see anything suspicious, report it by calling 9-1-1.

'State of Urban School District Address' Seeks to Inspire Plainfield School Community

February 18, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Local Plainfield resident Robert Graham invites the public to attend the “State of Urban School District Address” on Tuesday, Feb. 24 to hear keynote speaker Baruti Kafele, a former educator and leading school leadership expert in New Jersey.  He will provide attendees with an empowering message of attitude transformation and teach parents and educators to create ...

NJ Senate President Tours ‘Maker Space’ at Union County Vo-Tech’s Magnet High School

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney visited Union County Vo-Tech campus on Wednesday to discuss the critical importance of the vocational-technical education bond act approved by voters last November in spurring economic growth, creating access to high-paying jobs and meeting the needs of New Jersey’s leading business sectors.

Students from the Magnet High ...

Plainfield's Washington Community School Hosts Honor Roll Assembly

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield’s Washington Community School held an assembly to recognize the achievement of 124 students who achieved Honor Roll during the second marking period.

Patricia Liberatos, Second Grade Bilingual Teacher, said to the parents, students and teachers assembled, “The students here attained the Honor Roll because they tried hard, they read, they wrote and they ...

Newark Man Found Guilty in Armed Jewelry Heist in Elizabeth

February 16, 2019

NEWARK, NJ – A Newark man was convicted in federal court last week for his role in the September 2017 armed robbery of a jewelry exchange located in Elizabeth.

According to Attorney Craig Carpenito, William Valentin, 43, of Newark, was found guilty of one count of conspiring to commit Hobbs Act robbery, one count of Hobbs Act robbery, one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: February 18-24

February 17, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - TAPinto what's going on in and around town this week.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield meetings and events.

MONDAY

Girls Basketball:  at Union Catholic, 4 p.m.

Be sure to check the Plainfield Cardinals Athletics site for most current schedule of games.

TUESDAY

Board of Education business meeting, at Plainfield High ...

Boys Basketball: Plainfield Falls to Summit 58-52

SUMMIT, NJ - Plainfield, now 10-12, fell to Summit on Saturday, 58-52.

Game-high scoring Jamarques Lawrence had 21 points, and Tyejuan Taylor added 10 more for the Cardinals, but it wasn't enough to beat the Hilltoppers.  Summit's Eric Baier scored 19 and and Malcolm Sidebottom contributed 13 points.

Plainfield's Taylor grabbed 8 rebounds, and Tahmir Ellis had 5 ...

Gerry Cooney Opens Boxing Academy with Help of an Old Friend: Larry Holmes

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Former world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes helped his former opponent and longtime friend Gerry Cooney celebrate the grand opening of his boxing academy at YETI MMA on Thursday, Feb. 7, in Scotch Plains. 

Cooney, a Fanwood resident, invited the former champ to the event where the two talked briefly about their careers, joked with and posed for pictures with ...

Toys R Us is Reinventing Itself at a New Headquarters in Parsippany

February 12, 2019

PARSIPPANY, NJ - 5 Woodhollow Road in Parsippany has a new tenant - Tru Kids Inc., the revamped and re-emerged, Toys R Us! 

One year after liquidating its U.S. stores, former Toys R Us executives announced Monday that the iconic retailer has emerged as a company called Tru Kids Inc., and will be doing business as Tru Kids Brands.

Tru Kids will be run by President and Chief ...

Raritan Valley Line Mayors Alliance Supports Gateway Project, Pushes for Restoring One-Seat Rides on NJ Transit's Raritan Valley Line

NEW JERSEY – The leaders of the Build Gateway Now Coalition announced this week that the Raritan Valley Line (RVL) Mayors Alliance to the Coalition, a bipartisan group formed in 2018 that consists of 30 mayors representing more than 23,500 daily commuters along the RVL, spanning four counties in New Jersey, have joined the coalition.

“We are thrilled to welcome the RVL ...

Plainfield Residents Speak Out on New PMUA Recycling Rules

PLAINFIELD, NJ - All seats were filled at Thursday's Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority working meeting.  After dealing with a few administrative items, the bulk of the meeting centered on hearing remarks from several residents during public session, and did not cover the reorganizaton that was noted on the agenda.

Executive Director Eric Jackson updated the Board on the ...

Stacy's Simply Naked Pita Chips Recalled Due to Undeclared Ingredients

February 6, 2019

Stacy's Simply Naked Pita Chips have been voluntarily recalled by Frito-Lay because they may contain undeclared milk ingredients, announced the company. According to the company, 228 bags of the product were inadvertently filled with another flavor of pita chips, potentially exposing consumers to undeclared milk.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a ...

GoFundMe Campaign Launched by Plainfield High School Student

February 18, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Saderah Hinds-Pilgrim is a student at Barack Obama Green Charter High School in Plainfield.  She has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds so she can enroll in a Crime Scene Forensics Course at William Paterson University

The Crime Scene Forensic Certification is designed for high school students to learn about the forensics field, and learn how to become a ...

Couples Connected by Human Services Agency Look Forward to Valentine’s Day

ELIZABETH, NJ - Cupid’s arrow knows no bounds, striking connections between people of all races, religions, abilities and sexual orientations. Locally, a husband and wife with disabilities and a young LGBTQ couple who met through the nonprofit Community Access Unlimited are looking forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day.

Amanda and Wesley Strond of Plainfield are people with ...

Masjidullah Plainfield to Host Women's History Event

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Save the date!  Masjidullah Plainfield is planning to hold a Women's History Month event in March, with donations benefiting the organization's soup kitchen that serves, on average, sixty people each week.

Discussion topics will include public safety, art history, film, business, health, and more.

MORE: Sisterhood of the Salaam Shalom Serve Those in Need in ...

Theodore McCarrick, Former Archbishop of Newark, Removed from Ministry by Pope Francis

February 16, 2019

NEWARK, NJ -- The Vatican announced on Saturday that Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, formerly the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, has been defrocked. It is believed to be the first time an American archbishop has been removed from the ministry following accusations of sexual abuse. 

According to the Catholic Standard, The Vatican announced that the 88-year-old ...

Edison Man Pleads Guilty in Connection with 2015 Plainfield Killing

UNION COUNTY, NJ - A Middlesex County man has admitted to his involvement in a Plainfield shooting that left a man dead and two women injured a little more than three years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Thursday.

Jordan Robinson, 25, of Edison pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated manslaughter during a Wednesday hearing before state Superior Court Judge ...

Two from Plainfield Indicted for Fatal Shooting

A Union County grand jury returned a 12-count indictment against two men charged in connection with a fatal shooting that took place in Plainfield a little more than two years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Monday.

Najee McCoy, 31, and Khasim Green, 39, were indicted on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree felony murder, first-degree robbery, and two ...

League of Women Voters of New Jersey Holding Redistricting Reform Event in Plainfield

February 18, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The League of Women Voters of New Jersey will hold one of its four remaining redistricting reform events in Plainfield this week.  The forum, “Redistricting Reform Best Practices for a Fairer New Jersey,” is open to the public, and will take place at the duCret School of Art.

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey will be joined by Fair Districts New Jersey, ...

Brightening Your Home with Blooming Houseplants

February 13, 2019

Brighten your indoor décor with plants that bloom. Whether growing traditional favorites, flowering tropical plants, or annuals moved inside for winter; their colorful flowers are sure to elicit smiles and months of enjoyment. Just provide the right growing conditions and sufficient light and you will be enjoying months of indoor color.

You may have enjoyed an initial burst of color ...

Heart Shaped Plants to Give for Valentine’s Day

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Consider giving your valentine something different this year. Select an indoor plant with heart shaped leaves or flowers.

Anthuriums are an easy-to-grow, low maintenance, long-blooming indoor plant. The red, pink or white heart shaped flowers rise above glossy green leaves.

Pothos and philodendron with heart shaped leaves are easy-to-grow and long time favorites.

Just “ASK” for Information About Senior Services in Union County

February 15, 2019

Union County, NJ-- Union County residents seeking information about services available for senior adults age 60 and older will have a choice of eight (8) dates and locations in March to speak with staff from the county’s Department of Human Services, Division on Aging. Staff will be present at public libraries in Elizabeth with Spanish speaking staff, Plainfield, Cranford, ...

Union County Freeholders Hope to Help Stamp out Stigma of HIV/AIDS

ELIZABETH, NJ — African Americans comprised just 21 percent of Union County’s residents in 2017, but 53 percent of its residents diagnosed with HIV or AIDS in that year, a trend similar to that seen across the state and nation, the data show.

Recognizing “National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day,” the Union County Freeholder Board on Thursday presented awards to three ...

Rutgers University Student Diagnosed With Meningitis

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Rutgers University student has been diagnosed with meningitis, and the university has sent a message to other students about steps to take as a precaution.

The student with the disease was hospitalized Monday, is receiving treatment and is recovering, Dr. Melodee Lasky, University Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health and Wellness said in an email sent to students on ...

Plainfield's PMUA Public Meeting Postponed Due to Inclement Weather

February 12, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority's public meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12 is postponed due to the inclement weather.

The meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m.

For more information, visit the PMUA website at www.pmua.info.

Plainfield Residents Speak Out on New PMUA Recycling Rules

PLAINFIELD, NJ - All seats were filled at Thursday's Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority working meeting.  After dealing with a few administrative items, the bulk of the meeting centered on hearing remarks from several residents during public session, and did not cover the reorganizaton that was noted on the agenda.

Executive Director Eric Jackson updated the Board on the ...

Theodore McCarrick, Former Archbishop of Newark, Removed from Ministry by Pope Francis

February 16, 2019

NEWARK, NJ -- The Vatican announced on Saturday that Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, formerly the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, has been defrocked. It is believed to be the first time an American archbishop has been removed from the ministry following accusations of sexual abuse. 

According to the Catholic Standard, The Vatican announced that the 88-year-old ...

Parkland: One Year Later

PARKLAND, FL — Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Stoneman Douglas tragedy. As we reflect on the past year and look towards the future, those of us fortunate enough to call Parkland home are awash in emotions. First and foremost, we continue to grieve as a community. Each significant milestone of the year reminds us more of who is missing than who is present. Parkland is not the ...

Union Catholic Principal installed as 2019 Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal at IHM Mass

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, was installed as the 2019 Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal during the Investiture Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary on Saturday. A reception for the Grand Marshal followed at Shackamaxon Country Club.

Sister Percylee has spearheaded every major advance that Union Catholic has made since 1980 ...

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Star of ‘Cara’s Cucina’ to Host Groundwork Elizabeth Gala Feb. 27

February 16, 2019

Cara Di Falco, star of “Cara’s Cucina,” will host Groundwork Elizabeth’s WinterGreen gala Feb. 27 at the Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.

A nonprofit founded in Elizabeth in 2003, Groundwork Elizabeth builds sustainable communities in Elizabeth, NJ and in nearby Union County communities with urban agriculture initiatives, youth programing and more.

“So ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, February 19, 1:00 PM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Cinema Tuesdays: Fences

Arts & Entertainment

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Tue, February 19, 4:00 PM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Flag Design Workshop

Arts & Entertainment Government

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Wed, February 20, 4:00 PM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

African American Tales

Arts & Entertainment Education

MLB’s Milt Thompson Provides Tips At Wardlaw+Hartridge Baseball Clinic

February 16, 2019

EDISON, NJ -- Former Major League baseball player and batting coach Milt Thompson conducted the second annual Wardlaw+Hartridge Baseball Clinic on Feb. 9 in Laidlaw Gym. The 2½-hour session, open to players in grades 5-12, included student athletes from W+H and other area schools and towns. W+H varsity head coach Andrew Mulvey and Middle School head coach Tim Head also ...

Another Baby Seal Comes Ashore on Belmar Beach

February 17, 2019

Baby seals are not as cute and friendly as they look, and they can bite. That’s why it’s important to stay at least 50 yards from a resting pup. Plus, it’s against federal regulations to touch them.

BELMAR, NJ — A baby harp seal came ashore on the Eighth Avenue beach Saturday, and because it appears healthy, should return to the ocean waters by itself, according to the ...

Winter Car Tips from Storm's Automotive in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Anthony Smith, Plainfield’s local vehicle expert at Storm’s Automotive, offers some winter tips to keep your car or truck running smoothly.

Test your battery before the cold finishes it off.
Warm your vehicle up for at least ten minutes on cold mornings if it has been stopped for at least three hours and the outside temperature is below 25 degrees.
If you do ...

Featured Business: Storm's Automotive

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Having car troubles, or just in the market for a new mechanic?  Keep it local and get to know Storm’s Automotive, located right here in the Queen City.

Anthony Smith, owner of Storm’s Automotive, opened his business in 2014 in his backyard, and later located it at 230 E. 3rd Street in Plainfield.  When asked why Plainfield, Smith responded that it is his ...

"My Very Own British Invasion" is short on plot

‘My Very Own British Invasion’ is short on plot, but long on rock

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a rollicking, rock and roll extravaganza in its premier production of  “My Very Own British Invasion.”

We start with a fast and furious tribute to the Beatles, like “I Saw Her Standing There” and move on to ...

Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled Him to the Presidency by Dan Abrams and David Fisher

Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled him to the Presidency by Dan Abrams and David Fisher. (Hanover Square Press, 2018)

 

The point of view from which a novel is told influences the reader’s perception of events, until we decide whether or not to trust the narrator. I wouldn’t classify Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled Him to ...

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. (Harper, 2018)

 

Twelve million civilians died in the death camps in Europe during World War II. Six million victims were of the Jewish faith; the other six millions were comprised of political prisoners, gypsies, homosexuals, Catholics, and the mentally and physically handicapped. For each of those 12 million people, extraordinary stories ...

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner. (Atria, 2014).

Jennifer Weiner has captured the angst and humiliation of a young mother who is trapped in a situation that many professionals in their 30s, 40s and 50s face. While balancing a demanding career with raising children and caring for aging parents, people develop a variety of coping mechanisms to help them deal with daily stress. The wiser and ...

Tony's Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Tony’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani (Harper and Collins, 2018)

When I was a teenager, dancing in my room to “Dancin’ Machine” by the Jackson Five or “Jungle Boogie” by Kool and the Gang, my father would, on occasion, poke his head into my room and query, “What are you listening to?” I knew that I was in for “the lecture,” how young people ...

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming by Michelle Obama (Crown Publishers, 2018)

Becoming by former First Lady, Michelle Obama, is an autobiography that exudes the grace of a woman who exemplifies everything that a female can aspire to become in today’s world. Throughout the book, Obama follows the theme that she sets out in the early chapters; the theme of “becoming.”

The chapters are organized into ...

The Clean 20

The Clean 20: 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation  by Ian K. Smith, M.D. (St. Martin’s Press, 2018)

 

Dr. Ian K. Smith has written a delightful and easy to digest new book, The Clean 20: 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation. Unlike many diet books that are mired in technical language that become not only a bore but a chore to read, Smith’s writing style is not ...

Experience Colonial America at The Dey Mansion: George Washington Headquarters

February 17, 2019

WAYNE, NJ -- In honor of Presidents Day, TAPintoTV visited the Dey Mansion, one of several locations in New Jersey which served as General George Washington’s Headquarters during the Revolutionary War.

The Dey Mansion was the home of Theunis and Hester Dey, and was built around 1770. Ten years later, Theunis, who was the Colonel of the Bergen County Militia during the Revolutionary War, ...