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Local Organization Rescues Daycare Center Items for Plainfield

May 24, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A fully operational Branchburg daycare center recently closed down, and all of its contents were left behind.  Members of Jerusalem Lodge #26, located in Plainfield, joined together with Plainfield PBA #19 for a community service project to save the items.

A large truck was loaded up on Friday by the lodge brothers, and it was driven to Access Self Storage on South ...

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 ...

Non-Profits Come Together to Feed Those in Need in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A group of volunteers gathered at duCret School of Art on a brisk Saturday to pack trucks with food to be distributed to those in need in the Plainfield community. The boxes, assembled earlier in the week, were packed with 12,000 pounds of food received from Community FoodBank of New Jersey, and another 2,800 pounds of food donations made to Star Fish Food Pantry; 350 ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Serve Community During Crisis

EDISON, NJ -- Nicole Nolan, Director of Global Scholars and Community Outreach at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, is encouraging W+H students to give back in a safe and impactful way during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Several Upper School students have begun remotely tutoring students from refugee families in the Interfaith RISE program. This represents a safe continuation of a ...

Community Invited to Join Saint Joseph High School Students in Raising $19K for Frontline Heroes

METUCHEN, NJ – Saint Joseph High School’s Campus Ministry team is hosting a COVID-$19K fundraiser to raise money for the men and women on the front lines at JFK Medical Center. 

The students of the Campus Ministry team have set a goal of $19,000 to be used by the JFK Foundation for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other items that are needed by medical professionals to ...

One Song: A Benefit Concert for the Rotary Club of Fanwood-Scotch Plains

Scotch Plains Performing Arts Groups Come Together for Virtual Benefit Concert to Raise Money for the FSP Rotary COVID-19 Relief 

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Theatrical Artist’s Prep of Scotch Plains presents “ONE SONG,” a virtual benefit concert on Friday, May 8, at 7:00 p.m.

The live-streamed event hopes to raise $1,500 for the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary’s ...

Six More Succumb to Coronavirus in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The number of lost lives in New Jersey has topped 6,000, Gov. Phil Murphy announced during his daily press conference on Monday.  Locally, six Plainfield residents have died, the highest daily number to date, according to city officials. This brings the total to 32 in the Queen City.

Two African American males, each 73-years-old
African American female age ...

Plainfield Cases and Deaths Rise, New Testing Option, and Focus on Good Neighbors

PLAINFIELD, NJ — According to a Friday update from the administration, Plainfield COVID-19 cases now stand at 1,261.  There are also 1,670 individuals who are self-quarantined.  According to the Mayor's update, two more people have died, a female 70-years-old, and a female 91-years-old.  The number lost now total 26.

Across New Jersey, there are 3,047 new positive ...

Plainfield Area Local Agencies Benefit From Food Distribution Partnership with United Way

PLAINFIELD, NJ — One of the ripple effects of COVID-19 that is being felt in local communities is an increase in food insecurity due to sudden job losses and school closures. On Monday, several Plainfield non-profits benefited from a partnership between the Union County Freeholder Board, Sheriff Peter Corvelli and his team, the United Way of Greater Union County, and Amazon ...

Residents Strive to Obtain PPE for Plainfield Rescue Squad

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Residents are joining together to provide the Plainfield Rescue Squad with personal protective equipment.  Ocean Reef snorkel masks are being purchased and retrofitted to protect squad members who are running low on proper masks.

The "PPEs for Plainfield Rescue Squad" campaign is spearheaded by Robert Hartman and his wife Mary Jean Pizza, who have arranged ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School Students Share Talents in Show

EDISON, NJ -- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison provided a wonderful hour of entertainment in last week’s Rising Stars Talent and Variety Show. The event, which was live-streamed on Vimeo and Facebook Live, included vocal, instrumental and dance performances.

Among the show’s many highlights were a piano vocal by Julia Machado (pictured) of ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Band Members Perform in Virtual Concert

EDISON, NJ -- Fourth and fifth grade musicians at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison shared their talents in a virtual format in an entertaining Lower School Instrumental Concert. Under the direction of instructor Mr. Matt Bergman, students performed a variety of short pieces at home on flute, trumpet, clarinet, trombone, saxophone euphonium and ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Excited for ‘Karma’ HBO Series

EDISON, NJ -- Wardlaw+Hartridge student Jack Silver of Rahway must feel almost as if he’s won the lottery. Well, at least the HBO version of it.

A freshman at Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, Silver was chosen to participate along with 15 other contestants from around the country out of approximately 12,000 applicants to appear in the HBO Max original series Karma, set to begin ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Share Work at Virtual Art Show

EDISON, NJ -- Lower School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison shared their artwork in a virtual format last week and provided enjoyment for the W+H community. Congratulations to Mrs. Sue Howard, Lower School art teacher, for capturing images of work from all students in her division. Works presented included self-portraits, clay tiles, samplers, paintings and mixed ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Share Work at Virtual Art Show

EDISON, NJ -- Lower School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison shared their artwork in a virtual format last week and provided enjoyment for the W+H community. Congratulations to Mrs. Sue Howard, Lower School art teacher, for capturing images of work from all students in her division. Works presented included self-portraits, clay tiles, samplers, paintings and mixed ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Seniors Named GMC Scholar-Athletes

EDISON, NJ -- Sydney Johnson of Piscataway and Ricardo Garces of North Brunswick, seniors at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, have achieved excellence in the classroom and on the athletic fields during their scholastic  careers. Sydney and Ricardo were recognized for their consistent performance in both areas by being named the school’s GMC Scholar Athlete award ...

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 ...

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NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

May 23, 2020

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...

NJ Bars Still Closed, but Now You Can Get That Cocktail to Go

NEW JERSEY — Bars and restaurants with liquor licenses in the Garden State have been able to sell alcohol in its original containers during the COVID-19 crisis. Now, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Phil Murphy before the weekend, they can sell mixed drinks for pick up and delivery, too.

Craft distilleries, which operate under a different kind of license, can also sell ...

Get Tips and Tricks to Improve Community Gardening Skills with a Series of Lunch and Learn Webinars

May 26, 2020

Community Gardeners looking to upgrade their gardening abilities can learn skills for managing their gardens so that they flourish with the help of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. A series of Community Garden Lunch and Learn webinars will be offered beginning on Wednesday, May 27 through Wednesday, July 1. 

“This series will assist gardeners of all levels by educating on the ...

It's Time, Governor Murphy

May 25, 2020

It's Time Governor Murphy

Governor, it's time. It's time to step up and out of the box. It's time to be bold but more importantly it's time to be empathetic, sensitive and reasonable. There has been much talk about listening to the data and science and about letting the data and science guide us through this public health crisis. Well, it's time to really listen.

If ...

Gym Owners Defy Murphy Closure Order for Second Day 

May 19, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — A Bellmawr gym was cited for a second time Tuesday after violating Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order barring certain businesses from opening their doors during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Atilis Gym has drawn mixed reactions for its owners Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti — who thanked protestors for their support in the parking lot ...

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

May 19, 2020

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 ...

Opinion: Visiting a Re-Opened Mall in Georgia Gave Me a Glimpse of NJ’s Future

May 20, 2020

In the not-so-distant future, our corona-closed world will gradually re-open, allowing New Jersians the freedom to shop out, to dine in and to basically do anything that’s not based in our living rooms. 

To most the liberation may seem like the end of World War II and in many ways it is, but there are some catches to this re-opening; changes in protocols and attitudes that will make ...

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 ...

The Good Neighbor

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 ...

NJ Restaurant Creates Blueprint to Reopen Safely When Pandemic Regulations Relax

May 27, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Rocco Petriello, General Manager of the Grain & Cane Restaurant, to learn how they have adapted to serve their customers during the pandemic and their developing plans for returning to business once New Jersey enters into a new phase of reopening. 

Grain & Cane focuses on homestyle cuisine with American influences. Now that the ...