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"Shadows of the 60s" Drive-In Concert Coming to Plainfield

May 6, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Union County Board of County Commissioners announced that the Motown tribute band Shadows of the 60s will headline a free, live drive-in concert at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield.

The event is free, but registration is required online in advance to reserve a spot. Reservations will be available on a first come, first served basis ...

New Jersey Launches “Your Voice, Your Shot” Video Contest; Submission Deadline: May 11

TRENTON — Governor Phil Murphy announced the Your Voice, Your Shot video contest that urges New Jersey residents to share why they and others are getting vaccinated.

The contest calls for compelling, creative and captivating videos, and a number of finalists will be chosen. The public will then be invited to vote on their favorites. The winning video will be used in the ...

Rotary Club of the Plainfields Seeking Volunteers to Build Butterfly Garden

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Rotary Club of the Plainfields is seeking volunteers to help build a butterfly garden — a project to benefit the environment — at the Drake House. Butterflies are pollinators, and feed on the nectar of flowers.

According to sciencemag.org, over the past two decades, surveys of the two major populations of monarch butterflies in North America have ...

Sunday's Oscars Winners Include Writer, Director Born in Plainfield

LOS ANGELES, CA — Writers and directors Will McCormack, who was born in Plainfield, and Michael Govier took home the Oscar for the Animated Short Film "If Anything Happens I Love You" on Sunday. The film is about families who have lost loved ones to gun violence.

During his acceptance speech at the 93rd Academy Awards, McCormack said, "We dedicate this film to all ...

Free Drive-Up Screening of “The Croods – A New Age” on April 23

Event at UC Vo-Tech in Scotch Plains; COVID-19 safety rules apply

The Union County Board of County Commissioners has announced there will be a free Drive-Up screening of “The Croods — A New Age” at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools Campus, 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains, on Friday, April 23. Parking begins at 7 p.m. and the movie will begin at dusk. The rain ...

Plainfield Recreation Programs Announced

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Residents recently received a mailing with the Department of Public Works leaf pickup schedule for Plainfield. An insert in that mailing includes information on parks and pool openings, fireworks and fishing events, and more.

Playgrounds

According to the mailing insert, all city playgrounds, closed for the past year, will open on Saturday, May 1. Unlike county parks, ...

Murphy Signs Legislation Providing $15 Million in Aid to Arts and Cultural Venues

Legislation is Part of a $100 Million Relief Package for New Jersey Small Businesses

LONG BRANCH, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy today signed into law S-3521, which provides $15 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for arts and cultural venues throughout New Jersey. The bill — sponsored by Senators Joseph Lagana, Dawn Marie Addiego, and Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Linda Carter, ...

Grateful Dead Tribute Band to Play at Drive-In Concert, Register in Advance

Splintered Sunlight to perform at UC Vo-Tech in Scotch Plains; COVID-19 safety rules apply

Splintered Sunlight, a Grateful Dead tribute band, will headline a free, live drive-in concert on Saturday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m. The concert will take place at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus, at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. Opening for Splintered Sunlight will be The Sweater ...

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Tito Puente Jr. Brings the Latin Beat to Union County, May 22

May 14, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce that Tito Puente Jr. and his 10-piece Latin band will be bringing their unique blend of salsa music and Latin rhythms to Kean University in Union Township at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 22.

This event will also feature an opening act, a local 6 piece Latin and salsa band, the Mike Ramirez ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Wins DAR Good Citizen Award

EDISON, NJ-- Taliyah Williams of Rahway, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, was among three local high school seniors to receive Good Citizen Awards from The Westfield Chapter of The Daughters of The American Revolution (DAR).

Each school selected one Good Citizen from their senior class based on Dependability (truthfulness, loyalty, punctuality), Service (cooperation, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Scholars Deliver Capstone Presentations

EDISON, NJ-- Twelve seniors in the Class of 2021 at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison shared their research and findings on a variety of pertinent topics in last week’s Capstone presentations in the Center for Global Learning. This project, a requirement to graduate with the Global Scholars Program diploma, involves many components including a written paper, action research ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Participate in Read-a-thon

EDISON, NJ-- Lower School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison capped a three-week read-a-thon in April with some impressive numbers. The students logged 20,438 minutes of total reading. Fourth-grader Josh Culver of Colonia led all students with 1,368 minutes, which is nearly one full day! Total donations reached $4,130 and the proceeds will go toward a fund to diversify Lower ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Enjoy Middle School Spirit Week

EDISON,NJ-- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison are celebrating their own divisional Spirit Week from May 3-7. Students are having a blast embracing daily themes to begin the home stretch of this unprecedented school year in style.

The week kicked off with Match a Friend Monday on which students joined up to four friends with matching outfits. Teachers joined the ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Release Butterflies in Garden

EDISON, NJ-- The Junior Kindergarten class at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison concluded its lifecycle unit by releasing their Painted Lady butterflies in the Lower School garden on April 28. Early Childhood students learned about the lifecycles of ladybugs, chickens, frogs and the butterfly. 

“We received our butterflies as caterpillars and watched them form chrysalis as they ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Wins Golf Course Design Contest

EDISON, NJ-- Claire Lu of Edison, a freshman at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, captured the essence of her signature sport to win the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) Great Junior Golf Design Challenge of 2021. She designed a par-5 hole and named it hOle. Claire’s design was selected as the best of more than 85 designs sent in, and she is recognized as the top ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, May 15, 9:00 AM

duCret School of Art, Plainfield

Flea Market & Collectible Fair at duCret School ...

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Sat, May 15, 10:00 AM

Burger King Parking Lot, Plainfield

Plainfield Rescue Squad: Blood Pressure Screenings

Health & Wellness Police & Fire

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Sat, May 15, 10:00 AM

Plainfield High School Auditorium, Plainfield

COVID-19 Vaccination Day

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New Jersey Date Night: Stroll Through These Gorgeous Gardens

May 13, 2021

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

There’s always something growing in New Jersey, be it excitement for warmer weather or the flowers in everyone’s yard. Celebrating springtime in the Garden State requires a garden date. We have so many options at our fingertips — possibilities guaranteed to inspire romance and ...

Find Your Green Thumb: NJ Experts Offer Tips for Starting a Kitchen Garden

NEW JERSEY — They don’t call this The Garden State for nothing.

Want to bring out your inner green thumb this season? There’s no better time than now to get started on a kitchen garden.

“There is no mastery of gardening, you just get better at guessing,” said Bloomfield’s L. Be. Sholar, who offers gardening tips on her blog, Farm-Based ...

Sayreville's Brandon Bielak, Saint Joseph HS Grad, Pitches Against the Yankees

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Brandon Bielak, a Sayreville native who played his high school baseball at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen), took the mound for the Houston Astros against the Yankees Tuesday evening in a hostile Yankee Stadium, where fans released their anger over Houston's sign-stealing scandal became public following the 2019 ALCS.

Bielak had the thrill of ...

Join Union County’s Free Recycling Events in May, June

May 14, 2021

Free events enable Union County residents to help conserve resources and reduce waste.

The Union County Board of Commissioners remind residents that free countywide recycling events are coming up in May and June. There will be separate events for Scrap Metal, Mobile Paper Shredding, and Household Hazardous Waste. All residents from any municipality in Union County can use any of these ...

Right Choice for Mayor

May 14, 2021

To the editor of TAP into Plainfield: 

I am writing to endorse Sean McKenna, Mayor for the City of Plainfield.

Sean stood out to me as a leader and a thinker since introduction to him upon moving here in 2016.  I heard his questions while serving on the Planning Board and now as the Second Ward Councilman. He’s direct, courteous, and informed - all the qualities we want ...

Central Jersey Temple Faces Allegations of Human Trafficking, Forced Labor & Abuse in Workers' Class Action Lawsuit

May 12, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Federal law enforcement officials descended on the BAPS Temple in Robbinsville on Tuesday to execute court orders on the property where workers say they were victims of human trafficking and labor abuse. Six plaintiffs have filed the lawsuit on behalf of approximately 200 other Indian nationals who claim they were forced labor and faced ...

Plainfield Public Schools Job Fair / Feria de empleo de las escuelas públicas de Plainfield

May 12, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Public Schools district is holding a virtual job fair for middle and high school teaching positions for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.

The event will be held on Wednesday, May 19, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. To see a list of available positions, and to start an application, click here.

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Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

The Benefits of Local Advertising

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When marketing your services or products, the best place to start is right in the community you serve. Your local community is full of potential new and returning customers, and that market is essential for you to sustain and grow. 

Local marketing is trending, and now more than ever it is important for your business to be prominent in your local market.

According ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Veteran TAPinto Franchisee Launches TAPinto Raritan Bay

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Longtime TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood franchisee John Mooney is taking his talents to the banks of the Raritan. After spending years growing TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood into one of the networks top 5 most-visited sites, Mooney is officially launching TAPinto Raritan Bay, covering Sayreville and South Amboy, N.J.

“Since I am familiar with Sayreville-South Amboy and ...

Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininty, and Power

Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power by Neal Gabler. (Yale 

Univ. Press, 2016).

Stephen Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell. (Yale Univ. Press, 2017)

 

My family complains each year at holiday time that I am impossible to buy gifts for. This is true because, usually, if I want something, I purchase it myself. They ask me for lists, but even ...

The Persian Always Meows Twice

The Persian Always Meows Twice: A Cat Groomer Mystery by Eileen Watkins.        (available on Amazon).

 

        Cassie McGlone needs to start over, escape from an abusive ex-boyfriend, and establish a business of her own. An independent woman, Cassie moves to Chadwick, New Jersey (a fictional town somewhere near Morristown) ...

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s Press, 2021)

 

We can’t quibble that Kristin Hannah is one of the most respected authors on the contemporary scene. Her new book, The Four Winds, is number 1 on the New York Times Book Review. Hannah is a wonderful storyteller, who frequently uses the theme of the importance of family in our lives, which is a universal theme, ...

Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside his Cult, and the Darkness that Ended the Sixties by Dianne Lake and Deborah Herman

Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness that Ended the Sixties by Dianne Lake and Deborah Herman. (Harper Collins, 2017).

 

I am skeptical of the true crime genre because so much of it is poorly written and sells for its sensationalistic value rather than its literary worth. The only decent book that I have read about Charles Manson and ...

Lincoln of Wayne: Three Generations Build One of Nation's Top Car Dealerships

May 13, 2021

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the dealership’s unique history being a third-generation, family-owned business.

Spina’s grandfather, Gaspar Spina, started selling cars in the 1950s and established the dealership in 1962.

“Back then, the industry was very different,” Spina explained. “He worked his ...