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Plainfield Week in Review: Raises Approved, Deer Management, and more

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Did you miss any of this week’s top news stories on TAPinto Plainfield? Click on the headlines to catch up:

Plainfield’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Undergoes Inspection

NJ State Police Offer Tips to Protect Yourself from Carjacking 

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Track and Field: Union Catholic Grad Sydney McLaughlin Makes Stunning NCAA Debut

Senate Bill Would End NJSPCA's Powers To Enforce Animal Cruelty Laws

Bernice PagliaPlainfield Launches Deer Management Program

Plainfield SID Ordinance Passes, Will Become City-Controlled

Bernice Paglia:  Plainfield Mayor Gets $75,000, Up From $35,000

New Opportunity for Women Business Owners in Union County

Union County College’s Board Member Zimmermann Named to NJCCC Executive Committee

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held at Plainfield's Fig Tree Market

Scotch Plains Rock Legend Pat DiNizio Dead at 62

Fanwood Resident Pleads Guilty in Rutgers Hacking Case

Cookie Palooza: Molasses Cookies

New Technology Available to Enhance Visits to NJ State Parks

South Plainfield Resident Among Gang Members Charged In Massive Crime Spree Including Gas Station Robbery, Shooting

Cookie Palooza: Ukranian Pizzelles

Judge Rules Addams Tavern in Westfield Must Close for Now, Starting Friday

Become an environmental steward in the Garden State; classes begin January 2018

Plainfield Councilman Issued Alcohol Related Motor Vehicle Summons

Protect Yourself against Theft This Holiday Season

Investigators Are Seeking the Public’s Assistance in Catching a Predator

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Plainfield's Maxson Middle School

 

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