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Plainfield League of Women Voters Hold Candidate Forum

May 21, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The League of Women Voters of Plainfield held a forum in advance of the June 7 Primary Election to educate the residents of Plainfield on the candidates who are running, and the issues for which they stand in relation to the community. Robert Graham and Regina Lynn Lowery seek the First Ward seat, while incumbent Joylette Mills-Ransome and Richard Wyatt are competing for ...

Baby Formula News: In Stock at Plainfield Store, Governor's Price Gouging Executive Order, More

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey families are facing difficulties in obtaining baby formula due to an ongoing national shortage. One Plainfield store has it in stock (as of publication), but you will have to ask for it as it's in a cordoned off area. An employee at Fine Fare located at 1405 South Avenue told TAPinto Plainfield that people have traveled from up to two hours away to make a ...

Governor Murphy Visits Hackensack, Announces American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program at HFD

HACKENSACK, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy visited the Hackensack Fire Department Monday morning to announce the new American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program. The grant will help local and regional fire departments provide first responders with proper protective, cleaning and sanitation equipment, according to a news release from the Governor's office. 

“Confronted by new ...

Rally in Westfield Protests Supreme Court’s Pending Abortion Decision

WESTFIELD, NJ — Debby Hall, of Scotch Plains, carried a sign that says, “Our daughters and granddaughters must have the same rights as we did.”

Hall, 57, was among several hundred who turned out in Mindowaskin Park Saturday for the “We Won’t Go Back Rally” protesting the U.S. Supreme Court’s impending decision to overturn the landmark abortion ...

Union County Approves 2022 Budget. See Tax Impact in Your Town

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners following a public hearing Thursday adopted a $​​513.7 million budget, which does not increase the county-wide tax levy.

While the spending plan comes with an average tax decrease of $28 for county homeowners, the impact varies by municipality with the average homeowner in Union County slated to pay $2,066 in county taxes this year. In ...

Jack McGreevey, a No-Nonsense Supporter of Veterans, Dead at 93

CARTERET, NJ – Jack McGreevey, a battle-hardened Marine drill sergeant turned dogged advocate for his fellow veterans, who passed his passion for service to his son, former Gov. Jim McGreevey, died May 12.

He was 93.

Mr. McGreevey, of Carteret, was a constant presence throughout the 19th legislative district, serving in the legislative office since 1998. He proudly wore his ...

Plainfield Council to Vote Monday on Grace Episcopal Church Resolution

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's council members will vote on resolution 190-22 to authorize the planning board to conduct an area in need of redevelopment investigation for the Grace Episcopal Church property identified on tax maps as Block 837, Lot 1, known as 117-127 E. 7th Street to determine if the board finds the property satisfies the Local Redevelopment and House Law in need ...

Budget 2022: Plainfield Finance Department

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Finance Department Director Ron West gave his last budget presentation Tuesday for Plainfield before he retires. Council members expressed their appreciation for his work after his thorough review of the budget, where he broke down goals that were put in place eight years ago, last year's accomplishments and this year's goals and objectives. 

Eight Years Ago ...

Plainfield Park Hotel on Monday's City Council Agenda

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's council members will vote on resolution 195-22 to urge the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to revoke the Park Hotel's residential health care facility license. It notes the facility has been operating "in a negligent and hardhearted manner and in violation of multiple state regulations, which are designed to ensure that the residents of ...

Budget 2022: Plainfield Department of Health & Social Services

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Budget deliberations for the Health & Social Services department, headed by Director Shep Brown, were before Plainfield's City Council Tuesday. Almost half (45%) of the department is funded by grants, and 1.8% of the municipal budget, according to the director.

"I continue to be honored to represent the 40 staff members who work hard every day to ensure that ...

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Don’t Forget to B.Y.O. Bag Starting Wednesday, May 4

On Wednesday, May 4, a new state law called the “Bag Ban” goes into effect. When it does, supermarkets will not hand out any free, single-use paper or plastic shopping bags. Customers will have to bring their own shopping bags, or purchase them at the supermarket.

Other retail stores and restaurants can continue to provide free paper shopping bags, but they will not be allowed to ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Announces Class Officers for 2022-2023

EDISON, NJ -- Annie Gu of Edison, a junior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, will lead the student body as senior class president in the 2022-2023 school year after winning the Student Council election. Annie, who took over the leadership from outgoing president Shiv Tickoo of Scotch Plains earlier this month, will be joined by Gbemi Olarewaju of Piscataway and Adam Eisdorfer of ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Shine at Middle School Spring Concert

EDISON, NJ -- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison provided more than 90 minutes of musical entertainment at last week’s Spring Concert in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Nine ensembles performed under the direction of Choir Director Sharon Byrne, Performing Arts Department Chair, and Band Director Rick Fontaine.

Highlights of the show included the ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Girls Repeat as State Golf Champs

EDISON, NJ -- Consistency, depth and determination propelled the girls’ golf team at The Wardalw+Hartridge School in Edison to its second straight state team championship at Raritan Valley Country Club on May 16. After falling behind by a few strokes early, the Rams remained steady and did not panic as weather conditions began to deteriorate with a storm coming. Fueled by a balanced ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, May 23, 11:00 AM

Hub Stine Complex, Plainfield

Dedication of the Milt Campbell Track & Field

Education Sports

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Mon, May 23, 7:00 PM

Zoom, Plainfield

Budget Deliberation: CBAC Recommendations, more

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Tue, May 24, 10:00 AM

Warinanco Sports Center, Roselle

Union County to Host Pepsi Job Fair

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Saint Joe's Valedictorian Credits Extracurricular Activities for His Academic Success

METUCHEN, NJ -- There was very little doubt in Aayush Agnihotri’s mind when it came to choosing where he wanted to attend high school. Aside from the wide array of academic offerings and extracurricular activities, there was a deeper connection to Saint Joseph High School that only a select few understand - the legacy connection. 

After seeing his older brother, Aniket (Saint ...

Saint Joe's Salutatorian DaSilva: Campus 'Felt Like Home'

METUCHEN, NJ - The second that Matthew DaSilva stepped foot on the campus of Saint Joseph High School five years ago he immediately felt something special. From his first campus tour to his time as “Freshman for a Day,” DaSilva knew the choice was easy. He was going to spend the most formative years of his life at Saint Joe’s.

Sure there were other private schools in ...

Bring your Household Hazardous Waste to a Free Recycling Event for Union County Residents, June 4

May 20, 2022

Union County residents can safely dispose their unwanted household chemicals, old fire extinguishers, propane tanks and other potentially hazardous items at Union County’s next free Household Hazardous Waste event on Saturday, June 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Kean Hall parking lot at Kean University, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union Township. Any Union County resident may ...

Gas Prices in New Jersey Reach Another Record High

May 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — Gas prices in New Jersey have reached another all-time high.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded reached $4.72 on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. That's up seven cents from the day before, 23 cents from last week and nearly 70 cents from last month. Those figures are according to AAA.

The Newark and Trenton areas are paying the most statewide, according ...

Plainfield Kindergarten Registration for 2022-2023 School Year / Matriculas de Kindergarden

May 9, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ — It’s that time of year again, when all current Plainfield pre-kindergarten students must be registered for kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year. A mass registration day will be held Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Administration Building, 1200 Myrtle Avenue. Parents, it is important to register your child early so he or she will have a placement ...

'Two Minutes with TAPinto' Features South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen.

When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time.

"I say this to all ...

Drawing the Line Between News and Content Marketing is Key to Publisher Credibility and Success

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Publishers invest significant time and financial resources in building their audience. No one has the right to have their content placed in front of the audience you’ve built. Public relations firms and others say their content is newsworthy and they get paid a lot of money to try to make that case to publishers every day.

Drawing the line between news and ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Discusses Local Marketing in a Digital World

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was a recent guest on Sergeant Marketing's Milestone Mindset Live speaking about Local Marketing in a Digital World. The series helps viewers attract and retain clients and donors.

Shapiro and host Nancy Sergeant talked about a number of topics, including the value of local marketing in the post-pandemic economy, how ...

TAPinto Publisher Bobbie Peer Receives Boy Scouts of America Patriots' Path Council Tribute to Women Award

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Bobbie Peer is a business owner, a networker, a marketer and a survivor.

"I am a single mother and I made it," Peer said. "I work hard, I'm passionate about what I do and I form relationships. I am a success."

Peer, the publisher of five TAPinto sites, recently received a Boy Scouts of America Patriots' Path Council Tribute to ...

‘Calendar Girls’ Captivates at Chatham Playhouse

CHATHAM, NJ — This delightful play, set in Yorkshire, England, lends a risque air to the Women’s Institutes at a local church parish.

The play and film were based on a true story of middle-aged women who were seeking a fundraising idea for Leukemia Research.

They’re desperate to find a way to support their charities and somehow come up with the idea of ...

Unmasked: My Life Solving Cold Cases by Paul Holes

Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases  by Paul Holes with Robin Gaby Fisher. (Celadon, 2022)

 

Let’s start with this fact. I didn’t sleep for two nights while reading Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases by retired detective Paul Holes and Robin Gaby Fisher. Although the book is an autobiography about Holes’ life as an investigator ...

Longbourne by Jo Baker

Longbourne by Jo Baker. (Vintage, 2013)

 

Fancy that. Longbourne’s publishing date is exactly 200 years after that of its “predecessor,” Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen, author of six novels including Pride and Prejudice, was born in Hampshire, England in 1775; yet the themes and characters of her works remain as contemporary as if they were written today. In fact, ...

Funny Farm: Mu Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals by Laurie Zaleski

Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals by Laurie Zaleski. 

St. Martin’s Press, 2021.

 

Pandemic. Russia invades the Ukraine. Gas going up to $6.00 a gallon. Everywhere we turn, we are bombarded with bad news. However, if you are seeking a little recreational reading to provide a respite from the stress of daily life, pick up a copy of the remarkable book, ...

Two Truths and a Lie by Ellen McGarrahan

Two Truths and a Lie: A Murder, A Private Investigator, and Her Search for Justice.  Ellen McGarrahan. Random House, 2021.

 

“The electric chair faced the witnesses, and as we watched Jesse, Jesse was watching us. Beneath his shaved scalp his dark eyes burned. He was starting to look at the witness in the front row, one by one, I realized. He was going to stare right into ...