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Plainfield Residents Won’t See a Tax Increase in 2020 / Los residentes no verán un aumento de impuestos en 2020

May 29, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A joint statement from Plainfield city officials announced the 2020 budget has been reduced by almost $2.3 million, with over 100 budget line items impacted. There will also be a zero percent tax increase this year.

Read the full statement:

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp announced that the City of Plainfield, NJ, will have a zero percent tax increase for the budget year ...

Plainfield Coronavirus Cases: 73 Lives Lost / Coronavirus: 73 vidas perdidas

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield coronavirus cases, according to Mayor Adrian O. Mapp's daily report, stands at 2,047. A more devastating point to note is that 73 lives have been lost in the Queen City.

An 88-year-old Hispanic woman has died, according to Tuesday's report. The Mayor's newsletter on Monday noted there were another five lives lost, including a 50-year-old Hispanic ...

Plainfield Public Schools Family Success Center And Teen Parenting Program Held A Diaper Distribution Event For School Families to Assist Them During The COVID-19 Pandemic

May 8, 2020 - At a time when money and diapers are at a premium and hoping to ease the anxiety of the teen parents and the families they serve, the Plainfield Public Schools Family Success Center and the Plainfield High School Teen Parenting program held a diaper distribution event to assist the families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The diapers were donated by the organization Moms Helping ...

Coronavirus Claims Two More in Plainfield / Coronavirus reclama dos más en Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The coronavirus has claimed two more Plainfield residents according to the press release from the Mayor's office on Monday, two Hispanic males, 74-years-old and 58-years-old.

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As of Monday, May 11, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Plainfield now stands at one thousand, nine hundred and twenty-one (1921) within the ages of ...

2 More Lost to COVID-19 / 1,856 Casos de COVID-19 en Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - An update from the Mayor's office Thursday announced positive COVID-19 cases in Plainfield are up to 1,856; however, on the plus side, 769 of the positive cases have recovered.  Two more deaths have been reported, bringing the total loss of life to 53 in Plainfield. 

Read the full release:

As of Thursday, May 7, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in ...

Plainfield School Nurses Volunteer With The Plainfield Health Department With COVID-19 Cases; Enfermera De La Escuela De Plainfield Es Voluntaria Con El Departmento De Salud De Plainfield Con Casos De COVID-19

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Every morning Ester O. Da Silva gets an email from the Plainfield Health Department informing her of positive COVID-19 Plainfield residents. Mrs. DaSilva is a nurse with the Plainfield Public School District, and she is volunteering with the Plainfield Health Department assisting the department as an interpreter.

Mrs. Da Silva is working as a tracker for COVID-19 residents in ...

Plainfield Public Schools Teachers Send Messages to Students / Los profesores de las escuelas publicas de Plainfield envian mensajes de apreciacion a sus estudiantes

Teachers Championing Students as Teacher Appreciation Week is observed Nationally May 4-8

May 3, 2020 – As Teacher Appreciation Week is observed nationally from May 4 to May 8, it is the Plainfield Public Schools teachers who are sending their students appreciation messages. Last week students at Barlow School, Cedarbrook K-8 Center, Cook, Emerson, Plainfield Academy for the Arts & ...

Plainfield's P.A.A.A.S. Call to Student Artists for "LIVE" Online Show

The show called Cafè PAAAS is moving to a virtual platform because of the COVID-19 Pandemic

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A “CALL” for P.A.A.A.S. artists to participate in a “LIVE” online show on Friday, May 1 was announced by Teacher Othell J. Miller of the Theatre Arts program at the Plainfield Academy for the Arts and Advanced Studies.  Mr. Miller sent ...

Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority Updates May Meeting Date / PMUA Cambio de fecha de reunión de mayo

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A message from Eric E. Jackson, the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority’s Executive Director, notes that the PMUA Committee Meeting, originally scheduled for Thursday, May 7, at 6:00 p.m. at the Authority's offices, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, May 12, at 6:00 p.m. The rescheduled Committee Meeting will be held in conjunction with the ...

Coronavirus Claims Five More Plainfield Lives / El coronavirus reclama cinco vidas más de Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Mayor Adrian O. Mapp's daily briefing noted on Tuesday there are five more deaths in Plainfield attributed to COVID-19, bringing the total to 37 lost lives in the Queen City.

The losses include two African American females, 93-years-old, and 96-years-old; one Caucasian female 81-years-old; one Caucasian male 46-years-old, and a male 87-years-old.

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Celebrates Athletes, Teams at Virtual Rams Recognition Night

EDISON, NJ -- The department at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison held a virtual Rams Recognition Night to celebrate the accomplishments of its Upper School athletes and teams on May 27.

Four athletes who compiled at least nine varsity letters received W+H blankets: Brianna Chambers of Somerset, Austin Miller of Linden, Sahil Mulji of Edison and Nadia Valcourt of South Plainfield.

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Share Genetics Research

EDISON, NJ -- Upper School science students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison addressed the fields of genetics and molecular biology in a series of informative virtual presentations in a webinar on May 20.

W+H offers honors research programs in genetics and molecular biology and technology. In genetics, students work on an independent genetic research project using drosophila ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Lower School Embraces Virtual Community Field Day

EDISON, NJ -- The first-ever virtual Field Day turned into an enormous success, with Lower School students and parents participating in a community oriented challenge event that incorporated many interesting aspects.

Students in from PreK-Grade 5 were divided into teams of Green and Gold during the daylong event, which triggered thousands of posts on SeeSaw. Students and their families ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Eighth Graders Deliver Capstone Presentations

EDISON, NJ -- Eighth grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison addressed a variety of interesting topics during a series of well-executed virtual Capstone presentations last week. Nine students participated in this year’s program:

Gbemi Olarewaju of Piscataway – Water Shortages in sub-Saharan Africa; Tiger Huang of Edison – Impact of Artificial ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Thespians Win Theatre Night Awards

EDISON, NJ -- Mayah Nissim of Scotch Plains and Sahil Mulji of Edison, seniors at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, won the equivalent of an Oscar in their categories of distinction at the Montclair State University's Theatre Night Foxy Awards, which was held virtually on May 19. Mayah won for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Work of Innovation & ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Inducted Into World Language Honor Societies

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison held its annual World Language Honor Societies induction ceremony on May 28. This year’s event was a virtual presentation. 

Esther Faus, World Language Department Chair, delivered the welcome, which was followed by the Introduction to the Honor Societies, Candle Ceremony and Honor Society Oaths. Twenty-three Upper School ...

Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

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Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

Union County Freeholders Offer Free Mobile App to Connect Residents with Recycling Information

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders urges residents to download Recycle Coach to get reminded of their curbside recycling schedule, learn about upcoming county recycling events, get advised of any changes or interruptions to service and learn the best ways to recycle.  The free app is designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to County residents and ...

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

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

Before you know it, our date nights can actually happen at a table in a restaurant! As New Jersey begins to slowly emerge from stay-at-home rules, couples are itching to get our and experience something hot. How about something sizzling found in a basket, on a plate or inside a bucket?

When it comes to ...

LWV Invites Public to Webinar With Plainfield Council Candidates

June 3, 2020

The League of Women Voters of the Plainfield Area will host a Zoom webinar on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, for City Council candidates to answer questions from the public. This is the first virtual event the league has hosted in its 100-year history, which it celebrated in May.

As a nonpartisan organization of women and men, the LWV neither supports nor opposes candidates or political parties.

Plainfield's PBA Local #19: We are Speaking out Against the Actions that Took Place in Minneapolis

May 30, 2020

As the President of the Plainfield’s Benevolent Association, Local #19, and on behalf of our members we are speaking out against the actions that took place in Minneapolis which resulted in the death of George Floyd. We strongly condemn those actions, and there is no place in Law Enforcement for these types of unlawful criminal acts, and inhumane treatment of any person. As members of this ...

'Justice for George Floyd,' Police March Alongside Hundreds in Camden

May 31, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — A police lieutenant shouted, “No justice!”

And hundreds responded, "No peace!"

Protests against police brutality have unfolded across the nation over the weekend following the death of George Floyd.

Perhaps nowhere as uniquely as in Camden, where officers and the police chief on Saturday stood hand in hand ...

Plainfield Residents Won’t See a Tax Increase in 2020 / Los residentes no verán un aumento de impuestos en 2020

May 29, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A joint statement from Plainfield city officials announced the 2020 budget has been reduced by almost $2.3 million, with over 100 budget line items impacted. There will also be a zero percent tax increase this year.

Read the full statement:

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp announced that the City of Plainfield, NJ, will have a zero percent tax increase for the budget year ...

I photographed a George Floyd protest in Newark. This is what I Witnessed.

June 2, 2020

Daniel Han is a freelance journalist, Westfield High School Graduate of 2019 and freshman studying journalism at Rutgers University.

I entered Newark, N.J. on Saturday with shatter-proof goggles, a helmet and camera. As a freelance photographer, I wanted to capture the historic moment of the George Floyd protests, but was also nervous. Footage of Minneapolis, New York and Philadelphia ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Brett Freeman of Halston Media Group

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of June 2020 is Brett Freeman, CEO and Publisher of Halston Media Group.  Halston Media Group owns and operates five hardcopy newspapers and utilizes TAPinto as their online platform for their newspapers.  Halston Media Group's five TAPinto franchises are TAPinto Mahopac, TAPinto Somers, TAPinto Yorktown, TAPinto North Salem, and ...

The Boy From the Woods

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben. (Grand Central Publishing, 2020)


A feral child, a missing teenage girl, and a wise-cracking, sharp-tongued television criminal attorney, and her teenage grandson, Matthew, are the central characters of Harlan Coben’s newest best-seller, The Boy from the Woods. They, along with other characters in the novel, make for a fun and ...

The Good Neighbor by Cathryn Grant

The Good Neighbor by Cathryn Grant (Inkubator Books, 2020)

 Recently I was at a doctor’s appointment and my physician asked if I had read anything good lately. Then she offered a tip to read The Good Neighbor by Cathryn Grant. 

The Good Neighbor starts off with an intriguing Prologue. In fact, the first line of the novel reads, “There was so much blood. It wasn’t ...

Food for Thought by Mark Vogel

Food for Thought: Food History & Science Cooking Techniques  by Mark Vogel.   ( 2020).

Are you suffering from cabin fever, having  been on “lockdown” for a week, facing a future of being housebound for who knows how long? I have a suggestion to help you pass the time in a productive and interesting way, learn fun facts about food, and sample new recipes. Purchase ...

Clinton NJ Vegan Café Pays it Forward by Preparing Meals for the Community & Essential Workers

June 3, 2020

CLINTON, NJ -- Tara Stone, Owner of Grounded for Life Cafe, recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning show on News 12 Plus, where she spoke to Host Stephanie Willoughby about her experiences as a small business owner navigating the pandemic. 

Stone described Grounded for Life as a plant-based restaurant “borne from a need to bring healthy and compassionate food, ...