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Plainfield Week in Review: PMUA Workers Want Better Wages, New Cardinals Football Coach, and more

May 15, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — In case you missed any of the past week's news stories, here is your Week in Review. Click on the links below for the complete stories.

Union County Expanding Regional Dispatch Center

Union County to Hold Additional COVID-19 Emergency Food Distributions in May

Scammer Swindles Scotch Plains Resident Out of $30K with Phony Story of Being Attacked ...

What's on TAP in and around Plainfield this Weekend

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Looking for something to do this weekend in Plainfield? Temperatures are expected to get up into the 70s, so there is no excuse to sit in the house. Get outside, and enjoy!

The following events are all taking place on Saturday.

Kick off EMS Week with the Plainfield Rescue Squad. Members will be conducting free blood pressure tests in the Burger King parking lot at the ...

3 from Plainfield Among 2021 Union County SHero Award Winners

Union County, NJ — The Union County Board of Commissioners are recognizing 55 women, including three from Plainfield, with the 2021 Union County SHero Award. The award is administered by the Union County Office on Women, and was created to help raise awareness about the contributions of women in Union County during the COVID-19 crisis.

“This award recognizes women who have ...

VFW Patriot Path Honors Two St. Bartholomew Academy Students in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- St. Bartholomew Academy eighth-grade students Justin Klein and Anthony Kwiatkowski were honored for their participation in the Veteran of Foreign Wars, Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest.

On Friday, May 7, 2021, Joseph McCourt of VFW Memorial Post 10122 in Scotch Plains-Fanwood, the chairman of the contest, presented the students with a Certificate of ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: May 10 - May 16

PLAINFIELD, NJ — TAPinto what's going on in and around town this week.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield meetings and events on our radar.

Monday — Join this month's City Council meeting at 7 p.m. HERE. The 2021 budget is up for possible adoption. Download the agenda HERE.

Tuesday — A marijuana legislation town hall will begin at 6 ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Stabbing, Shooting, Graduate News, and more

PLAINFIELD, NJ — In case you missed any of the past week's news stories, here is your Week in Review. Click on the links below for the complete stories.

Scotch Plains to Open a Tree Memorial to Remember Residents Who Died from COVID-19

NJ Gov. Murphy Recognizes May as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Plainfield Parks Reopening Includes Ribbon Cutting at Rushmore ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: May 3 - May 9

PLAINFIELD, NJ — TAPinto what's going on in and around town this week.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield meetings and events on our radar.

COVID-19 testing and vaccinations will be available Wednesday, May 5 through Friday, May 7, 1 to 4 p.m. at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Avenue. A free event by the New Jersey Black Women ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Continued Budget Talks, Health Guidelines, and more

PLAINFIELD, NJ — In case you missed any of the past week's news stories, here is your Week in Review. Click on the links below for the complete stories.

In Season Now: What’s That Weird Vegetable? It’s Kohlrabi!

New Jersey Films, Filmmakers and Writers Nominated at the 93rd Academy Awards

Dress Up the Landscape with Spring Flowering Shrubs

Plainfield HPC: ...

Plainfield Week in Review: Budget Deliberations, Resident Arrested at Texas Border, and more

PLAINFIELD, NJ — In case you missed any of the past week's news stories, here is your Week in Review. Click on the links below for the complete stories.

Gov. Phil Murphy Extends New Jersey’s Public Health Emergency for 14th Consecutive Time

What Do You Think of the New Jersey Bear Hunt?

Planting Tips for Growing Success

High School Students Hold Stop Asian Hate Rally ...

Plainfield Senior Center One of Union County's Sites for “Grab & Go” Meals

The Union County Board of Commissioners announced Thursday that box-lunch meals will be available to seniors beginning in May through its “Grab and Go” program. The program is run through the Union County Division on Aging and Disability Resource Connection, in the Department of Human Services. The Plainfield Senior Center is one of the sites participating in the ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Girls Roll to Sectional Golf Title

EDISON, NJ-- The undefeated girls’ golf team at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison captured the Central Jersey sectional championship in dominant fashion on May 10. Freshman Sarah Shao of Green Brook shot an impressive 4-under-par round of 67 to capture the individual title and lead the Rams, who advanced to next week’s Tournament of Champions.

W+H won the team title by 45 ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Second Graders Share Original Work in Poetry Café

EDISON, NJ-- April is National Poetry month, and throughout the month second grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison read, studied and wrote various poems. Typically, the second graders hold a “Poetry Cafe” where they perform in front of a live audience of family members. However, due to COVID restrictions this year, the students took their performance to ...

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 ...

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6 Tasty Ideas for Your Next Backyard Party

May 16, 2021

As the weather turns warmer and more people become comfortable getting together, it’s a great time to plan an outdoor party.

Here are six ideas for your next gathering, with tasty suggestions for what to serve:

Movie Night: Set up the projector, place out some comfy seating and have individual boxes of movie candy ready. For something fancy, put out bowls of truffled popcorn: ...

New Jersey Date Night: Stroll Through These Gorgeous Gardens

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 ...

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 ...

Summer Food Service Program to Nourish New Jersey Children in Need

May 17, 2021

Food insecure children and their families are most vulnerable during the summer months, when they lose access to the free school meals that they rely on. This year, as schools remain closed due to COVID-19, putting food on the table has been an even more urgent challenge for households struggling to make ends meet.  

During 2020, child food ...

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 ...

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker. Harper Perennial, 

2013.

 

I first learned about this “unsolved American mystery,” when 48 Hours did a comprehensive show on the horrific discovery of four bodies wrapped in burlap sacks in 2010. The deceased were discovered on Gilgo Beach, a desolate stretch of sand that did not host excited, Sunday sun ...

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 ...