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Sat, September 26, 10:00 AM


Monarch Migration Madness!

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Add to My Calendar 09/26/2020 10:00am 09/26/2020 11:00am America/New_York Monarch Migration Madness!

Be a part of our state-wide Monarch Festival! We'll be learning all about Monarch Butterfly life cycles, migration and even some cool facts about their winds and bodies! Make your own Macey Monarch" that can travel with you or that you can send around the world to travel with your friends and family. Materials for crafts provided by Plainfield Parks and Recreation.

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Online Plainfield, NJ

Sat, September 26, 10:30 AM


Hidden History Stories of Early Local African ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Add to My Calendar 09/26/2020 10:30am 09/26/2020 11:30am America/New_York Hidden History Stories of Early Local African Americans

Join Nancy A. Piwowar, President of the Historical Society of Plainfield, for this special presentation. Nancy's lecture includes local stories of African Americans who were part of the fabric of America and whose stories were left out of history books.

Caesar, a freed slave who served as a teamster in the Revolutionary War; Simon, a slave who played a role in a spy plan in the ...

Zoom Plainfield, NJ

Wed, September 30, 2:00 PM


Wildlife Wednesdays: Australian Animals

Arts & Entertainment Education

Add to My Calendar 09/30/2020 2:00pm 09/30/2020 3:00pm America/New_York Wildlife Wednesdays: Australian Animals

Virtual presentations by Rizzo's Wildlife World. Limited to the first 100 families.

Plainfield, NJ

Thu, October 1, 11:00 AM

Plainfield Public Library - Virtual Program, Plainfield

Science & Me with Dr. G, PhD - Germs & Handwashing

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Add to My Calendar 10/01/2020 11:00am 10/01/2020 11:30am America/New_York Science & Me with Dr. G, PhD - Germs & Handwashing

Join Dr. G for Science & Me. This episode focuses on germs & hand washing!

800 Park Avenue Plainfield, NJ 07060

Fri, October 2


Plainfield Public Library Children Department - ...

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Add to My Calendar 10/02/2020 12:00am 10/03/2020 12:00am America/New_York Plainfield Public Library Children Department - Virtual STEAM Series

Join Dr. G as she teaches us about germs, how soap works and proper handwashing techniques!

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Participate in Global Group

Students in Mrs. Nicole Nolan's Global Citizenship class at The Wardlaw + Hartridge School in Edison participated in the first of three hosted student discussions from Global Education Benchmark Group on October 21. This initial discussion was titled, "Our Shared Pandemic Experience." The conversation included students and teacher moderators from China, Russia, India and the United ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Community Embraces Virtual Camp Read-A-Lot

Lower School students, parents and teachers from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison spent much of last weekend finding creative ways to engage in appreciating their favorite books in the first virtual edition of Camp Read-A-Lot. The event, organized by Silvia Davis, Lower School Head, was designed to motivate children and adults alike to spend time reading over the weekend.

Parents, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge School Enhances Learning with Owl 360 Camera Systems

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison enhanced its virtual classroom experience with the installation of Owl 360° cameras in more than 50 classrooms last week. The Technology Department installed Owls in classrooms of all three divisions.

According to the Owl website, “Any classroom becomes a hybrid classroom with the Meeting Owl, the smart conference camera that captures 360° ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Earns Eagle Scout Distinction


For Alex Caiola of Westfield, the decision to create a fitness trail at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison for his Eagle Scout project became a no-brainer. The W+H senior considered other options but wound up with several solid reasons to build something useful on the W+H campus.

 “I have been at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School for many years, and I ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge School Receives Top Ranking in Middlesex County

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, a coeducational, college preparatory day school enrolling 455 students in Prekindergarten through grade 12, earned the No. 1 rating among all Middlesex County private schools in the 2021 Best Schools in America rankings released by Niche. This marks the second consecutive year in which Wardlaw+Hartridge has earned this distinction.

Wardlaw+Hartridge also ...

Wildlife Wednesdays Programs For 2020

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is reminding residents that the popular, free “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will conclude its 2020 programming over the next 2 Wednesdays.

October 21st’s program “Reptiles and Gators” will feature an alligator and lizards, including a blue tongue skink and bearded dragon.  The October 28th’s Halloween-themed Insects and ...

Update: Union County Wildlife Wednesdays Program Moved to 6 PM

The Board of Chosen Freeholders wishes to remind residents that the popular “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will continue to run each Wednesday through the end of October, with a new starting time of 6:00 PM.

“Union County is striving to bring educational programs directly to our children that may not be accessible to everyone during these challenging times, and Wildlife ...

Hanging on by a Thread, Some NJ Restaurateurs Fear the Worst This Winter

October 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY — During the typical holiday season, hundreds of thousands of dollars flow through the Rail Yard Tavern in Fairlawn.

From Thanksgiving to New Years, hundreds bustle in and out of the restaurant every weekend. By this time, its 186 seats are reserved months in advance for Christmas parties, one of the most lucrative times of the year. 

But not this year.

“We ...

New Jerseyans Say ‘Cheese!’ (But Hold the Dairy) with Vegan Cheese

Is plant-based cheese really cheese? Well, sort of. But instead of dairy from cows, sheep or goats, vegan cheesemakers are making it with plant milk, nuts, tapioca and even rice.

There are many different methods to make vegan cheese nowadays. The easy way? Using a plant-based milk base (from foods like cashews or almonds) and adding a few thickening agents and seasonings.

Plant-based ...

Football: Defense, Turnovers Lead St. Joseph Past Westfield, 20-3

WESTFIELD, NJ — The St. Joseph of Metuchen football team capitalized on a pair of interceptions and used an aggressive defensive performance to improve to 2-0 and get past Westfield, 20-3, on Saturday afternoon in the Blue Devils’ home opener at Gary Kehler Stadium.

St. Joseph, coming off a 17-12 victory over Elizabeth last week, was stout on the defensive end all game. Westfield, ...

Funk Salsa Urban to Perform Live, Drive-in Concert in Union Township, Nov. 8

October 28, 2020

Drive-in event will observe COVID-19 prevention rules.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that Funk Salsa Urban (F.S.U.), will be live in concert at Kean University, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union Township. The event is drive-in only, in order to conform to COVID-19 prevention rules.

The concert is on Sunday, November 8 starting at 6 PM. Tickets will ...

Black Lives Matter, So Let’s Take Action on School Choice and Legalization

October 15, 2020

Dear Editor:

Black Lives Matter So Let’s Take Action on School Choice and Legalization

This November voters are facing what many experts call the most important election of their lifetime, and I agree. On the ballot we have candidates and constitutional questions which can ultimately make a huge difference in Union County’s diverse minority communities.

Support candidates ...

In NJ, Lakewood Tops State for Rate of COVID-19 Infections

October 19, 2020

Cases are on the rise statewide, but in Lakewood the number is growing faster

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

Since September, daily coronavirus infection rates in the state have been on the rise, confirming officials ...

Saturday: Students in Plainfield Public Schools Can Get Tested for COVID-19 / Pruebas de COVID para Estudiantes de las Escuelas Publicas de Plainfield

October 28, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Public Schools District will provide COVID-19 testing for students only on Saturday, October 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Plainfield High School. The tests will be administered in the Stelle Avenue parking lot, and is open to all students in all grade levels.

Students should register online, and provide their insurance information by October 30.

Senior Freeze Deadline Extended

October 25, 2020

We are very pleased that on October 22, 2020, the New Jersey Treasurer’s office extended the Senior Freeze filing deadline from November 2, 2020 to December 31, 2020.  This is a welcome development because many seniors were scrambling to meet the original date. 

Nevertheless, there is still a need for applications to be prepared as soon as possible.  The Treasurer’s ...

Shakespeare Theatre Takes on Shaw in Three Scintillating One-acts

Florham Park, NJ - There’s nothing like the theatrical commentary of George Bernard Shaw to explore love, lust and over-the-top intrigue to make for a stimulating evening.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey offers another romp at its outdoor location at the Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory in Florham Park.The three one-act plays were broken up into five segments. “Village ...

The Guardian by John Grisham

The Guardians by John Grisham. (Dell, 2020)

“Duke Russell is not guilty of the unspeakable crimes for which he was convicted; nonetheless, he is scheduled to be executed for them in one hour and forty-five minutes.”

Are you hooked? I am.

When I taught Creative Writing, one of the first lessons on writing prose was, “You have to capture the reader in the first paragraph ...

Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland

Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland (Simon & Schuster, 2020)


Month and Year: August 1926

Event: At the age of 21, the tenacious Trudy Ederly, a 1924 Olympic gold medalist in the 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay,  became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. Ederly, a Jersey girl, made it from the shores of France to the British Coast in 14 hours and ...

Too Much and Not Enough by Mary Trump

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump, Ph.D. (Simon & Schuster, 2020)


I admit it. I couldn’t wait to get my copy of Too Much and Never Enough by President Donald Trump’s niece, Mary Trump. Mary, whose father, Fred, was Donald’s  older brother, was shunned by her grandfather and cut out of the ...

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Supports New Jersey Tenants During COVID-19 Housing Crisis

October 28, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Cathy Keenan, Executive Director of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ), joined TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur to discuss the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund's Housing Stability Project Grant.

Keenan described the work of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF), which was established after the COVID-19 pandemic, and which has raised over $37 million from over ...