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Sat, January 18, 1:00 PM

Hubbard Middle School, Plainfield

MLK Celebration

Arts & Entertainment Education

Add to My Calendar 01/18/2020 1:00pm 01/18/2020 3:00pm America/New_York MLK Celebration

You are cordially invited to attend our Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebration on Saturday, January 18th, 2020. Hosted by The Omicron Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in conjuction with Hubbard Middle Schooland the Four Pillars Foundation, the program will showcase the areas most talented student performers. Performances will include Dance, Instrumental, Spoken Word, and ...

661 W. 8th Street Plainfield, NJ 07063

Mon, January 20, 12:00 PM

Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County-Plainfield Club, Plainfield

MLK Day of Service

Community Calendar Education Giving Back

Add to My Calendar 01/20/2020 12:00pm 01/20/2020 3:00pm America/New_York MLK Day of Service

Work on the #BrownBag community service project with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County-Plainfield Club, 145 Park Ave., on Monday, January 20, from noon to 3 p.m. In partnership with the B.L.O.C.K. Keystone Club, hygiene products will be distributed to the homeless population in the community.

Consider donating new items, including: baby wipes, soap, dental floss, deodorant, feminine ...

145 Park Avenue, Rear Entrance Plainfield, NJ 07060

Tue, January 21, 6:30 PM

Plainfield High School Cafeteria, Plainfield

Board of Education Business Meeting


Add to My Calendar 01/21/2020 6:30pm 01/21/2020 8:30pm America/New_York Board of Education Business Meeting

Action will be taken.

950 Park Avenue Plainfield, NJ 07060

Thu, January 23, 7:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

“Keep Less, Toss More” with Jamie Novak

Arts & Entertainment Education Home & Garden

Add to My Calendar 01/23/2020 7:00pm 01/23/2020 8:30pm America/New_York “Keep Less, Toss More” with Jamie Novak

On Thursday, January 23 at 7 pm, author and de-cluttering humorist Jamie Novak returns to the Scotch Plains Public Library with her newly updated and expanded edition of Keep This, Toss That: Unclutter Your Life to Save Time, Money, Space, and Sanity.

If you have too much stuff and not enough time this program is for you! Jamie will share her secret for how to decide what to keep and how to ...

1927 Bartle Avenue Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

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Vision for Newark Archdiocese: Lifelong Faith Formation and Education

This past fall, under the direction of Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., the Archdiocese of Newark launched Forward in Faith Together: Our Road Ahead. This comprehensive pastoral vision charts a positive path forward for the Archdiocese and its ministries, with a focus on six key pillars.

One of these pillars, “Lifelong Faith Formation and Education,” outlines the ...

Vision for Newark Archdiocese: Accountability, Transparency, and Communication

Forward in Faith Together: Our Road Ahead was introduced this past fall by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, as the new vision for the Archdiocese after nearly three years of listening to concerns expressed by parishioners, clergy, religious, and other faithful inside and outside the Archdiocese.

This broad pastoral vision outlines the path forward in the wake of past ...

NJ Chefs to Take the Challenge at Girl Scout Cookie Cook-Off

February 14, 2020

Can’t get enough Girl Scout Cookies? Then head to the third annual Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey Great Cookie Cook-off next month in Scotch Plains, where New Jersey chefs will compete to see who can best incorporate the perennial treats into dishes both sweet and savory.

The fundraiser will be held at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains on Thursday, March 12. Jackie ...

Can New Jersey Really Call Itself the Pizza Capital of the World?

New Jersey’s official state Twitter account, @NJGov, set off a “pizza war” a few days ago when — just in time for National Pizza Day — it proclaimed the Garden State the “official pizza capital of the world.”

But is it, though? Is it really?

As everyone knows, pizza got its start in Italy. In Naples, to be exact, according to food historian Ken ...

Downtown Plainfield Alliance Rolls Out Site to Help Homeowners, Businesses Understand How To Get Permit for Repairs

Downtown Plainfield Alliance has launched a new permitting information site for Plainfielders looking to understand Plainfield’s zoning ordinance and permitting procedures. The site,, features step-by-step instructions in an easy-to-use format that focuses on user-friendly guides for all home improvements that require a zoning review. The site also offers free support ...

Plainfield Symphony Presents Meeting House Recital and Tea

February 16, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield Symphony Orchestra has announced its launch of a new concert initiative, “Plainfield Symphony Presents.” The series will feature all types of music in various venues. The series launches on Sunday, February 23 with Schubert’s Cello Quintet at Plainfield’s historic Quaker Meeting House, 225 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, NJ. An afternoon tea will ...

Robert Graham: I am asking for your endorsement and support for At-Large City Council

February 6, 2020

Dear Editor:

I am interested in running for the available At-Large City Council seat because I believe in the strong future of Plainfield, and in our community’s potential as a culture-centric, safe, forward-thinking city, a beacon of economic strength, quality of life, and a trendsetter with the adoption of our new Master Plan. Plainfield should be a place where residents of ...

Cruise Ship Docked in Bayonne Screened for Coronavirus

February 7, 2020

BAYONNE, NJ - A Royal Caribbean cruise that docked in Bayonne early Friday was met by health officials as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.

One of the passengers, according to several reports, had been treated for a fever when the ship was still in the Caribbean.

Four other passengers, Mayor Jimmy Davis said on Facebook, are under observation and were taken to an area ...

Featured Business: Towne Express Car Wash Opens in Plainfield

“Towne Express Car Wash is a community staple. We treat every customer as if they were our only customer.”

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Towne Express Car Wash is open for business in Plainfield. The new Plainfield location on the South Avenue corridor, next to the former White Castle restaurant and between Leland Avenue and Terrill Road, opened to the public a few weeks ago.

Peter ...

Home Safety Tips to Follow this Winter

EWING, NJ — This winter has featured early snows as well as record high temperatures, making it difficult to know what to expect from the season.

Make sure your home is prepared for the cold and windy months by following these quick tips:

Cold weather means you probably have the heat turned up or a woodfire in the fireplace – just make sure to check your smoke and carbon ...

'Lost in Yonkers' Confronts Generational Angst

CHATHAM, NJ - The setting is a two-bedroom apartment in Yonkers, NY. The time is 1942. We learn that two young boys, Jay and Artie, are about to move in with their cold,domineering grandmother.

There’s a lot going on in this taut, smartly written play by Neil Simon. Braden Mellina as Jay, the older brother, and Arty (Logan Guvenel) are doing their best to accept this fearful fate. Janet ...

Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties

Chaos: Charles Manson the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties. John 

O’Neill and Dan Piepenbring  (New York: Little Brown, 2019).

It took me three weeks to read Chaos:Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties. Although fascinating, with its detailed analysis of the true motives for the Manson crimes in Los Angeles, 1969, the prose was dense and a ...

Retro Review: Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk

Retro Review:

Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk (Doubleday, 1955)

A coming of age story, set in 1933, Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk is a novel that still speaks to us. Written in 1955, Wouk’s strengths are in his character development, themes, and elegant prose. What is especially unusual about Marjorie Morningstar is that the author portrays the fanciful young protagonist, ...

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware (Scout Press, 2019)


“3rd September 2017

Dear Mr. Wrexham,

I know you don’t know me but please, please, please you have to help me.”


With this intriguing opening, Ruth Ware launches her fifth  novel, The Turn of the Key, a mystery reminiscent of Gothic novels in its sinister and dark tone. However, the novel is ...

Tidelands by Philippa Gregory

 In my last review of Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates, I wrote that Ms. Oates had died last year.  Ms. Oates is alive and well. This is an error that needs correction, and apologies go to Ms. Oates for the error.


Tidelands by Philippa Gregory (Atria Books, 2019)

What separates Tidelands from other historical novels that Philippa Gregory has written, is that the heroine in ...

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (Dial Press, 2019)

On a road trip to Florida in 2000, my husband asked me what I was reading that was causing me to laugh out loud. “I am reading a new book by Sophie Kinsella called Confessions of a Shopaholic,” I replied. “Shauna gave it to me to read.” My 14-year-old daughter already had discerning taste in literature and I ...

The Ancient History of Valentine's Day

February 14, 2020

Valentine’s Day is widely known as the day of the year when love is celebrated, and indeed, February has been a month of romance for centuries. The St. Valentine’s Day we observe today evolved both from ancient Roman and early Christian history.

There are many legends about who St. Valentine was. One story dates from the third century A.D. Apparently, Emperor Claudius II of Rome ...