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Budget 2022: Plainfield Department of Health & Social Services

May 5, 2022

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 ...

FACT - Families & Community Together: Wraparound Care With Results and Quality Assured

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - FACT - Families & Community Together, is a CMO [Care Management Organization] that provides care management and wraparound services to children ages five up until their 21st birthday. FACT helps families and caregivers create a more stable and healing environment for children, address barriers to well-being, and maximize youth and family ...

Plainfield School District Hosts Two Events for the Community (Slide Show)

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The school district hosted two events this week at Plainfield High School that incorporated hearing about students' STEM achievements, and learning best practices to take care of oneself, offering free screenings, resources and more.

The district's first-ever multidisciplinary student showcase was held Thursday, and highlighted the accomplishments of STEM Academy ...

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Saturday is the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to help people dispose of potentially harmful prescription drugs. At its most recent collection in October 2021, the DEA collected 744,082 pounds (372 tons) of medications; there were 4,982 collection sites, and 4,276 law enforcement participants. Over 21 events, the ...

Join the Y for Healthy Kids Day® on Saturday, April 30

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — This Saturday is Healthy Kids Day®, a free community event brought to you by the Y to inspire kids and their families to discover healthy habits and to stay active all year long. The Y takes immense pride in its work to strengthen communities and help all of us be our best selves. Healthy Kids Day brings families together to enjoy activities that encourage physical ...

Plainfield Family Success Center Community Health & Resource Fair

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Family Success Center will partner with the school district to hold a community health and resource fair at Plainfield Hight School. The event will take place Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Services will include breast exams, women’s wellness checks, glucose screenings, blood pressure screenings, college and career resources, financial ...

Plainfield Residents, Get a Car & Booster Seat Safety Check

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Rutgers University Police will offer a free car and booster seat safety check, so stop by to have yours examined and reinstalled if necessary at an event by the Plainfield YMCA.

Car seat use reduces the risk for injury in a crash by 71-82% for children, compared to seat belt use alone.

In 2019, 608 child passengers age 12 and younger died in motor vehicle crashes, and ...

Citing Uptick In COVID Cases, CDC Extends Public Transportation Mask Mandate

WASHINGTON, DC — The nationwide mask requirement for public transportation will remain in place for at least another two weeks.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it was extending the order, which was set to expire Monday, until May 3 as it monitors an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

That means face coverings are still required on NJ Transit, ...

Plainfield Public Schools to Distribute Free Home COVID tests for Use Prior to Returning from Spring Break

Para mantener a nuestras escuelas seguras y libres de COVID-19, el Distrito recomienda que nuestras familias se hagan la prueba de COVID el 23 de abril, antes de regresar de las vacaciones de primavera.


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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 Seniors Earn GMC Sportsmanship Awards

EDISON, NJ -- Athletes and teams from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison often receive recognition for outstanding sportsmanship. Earlier this spring, W+H seniors Zain Zaidi of Edison and Izabel Korycki of Colonia represented the school at the 21st Annual Greater Middlesex Conference Sportsmanship Banquet.

Zain and Izabel were selected as the W+H recipients and honored along with ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Girls Repeat as Sectional Golf Champions

EDISON, NJ -- The girls’ golf team at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison continued its march to perfection by repeating as Central Jersey sectional champions Monday at Stanton Ridge Golf and Country Club.

W+H defeated runner-up Bridgewater-Raritan by 24 strokes in the sectionals. Sophomores Sarah Shao of Green Brook and Claire Lu of Edison each shot 77 to finish tied for third ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Receives RPI Medal

EDISON, NJ -- Sarah Honan, Co-Director of College Counseling at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, presented the RPI Medal to Loveleen Sindhar of Carteret at the Upper School meeting this week. 

RPI Medal recipients must be ranked within the top 10 percent of their class, excel in advanced math and science courses, have completed chemistry, biology, lab-based physics, and at ...

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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 ...

Saint Joe's Students Take Time for Fun, Games with Special Needs 'Friends'

METUCHEN, NJ - A typical high school-aged boy is not one to step out of their comfort zone. They typically don’t stay late after school to volunteer their time and they definitely don’t parade around a room singing Christmas carols and dressing up as Santa Claus with their closest friends.

Thomas Freda and the rest of the students that participate in the popular Saint Joseph High ...

Saint Joe's Names Class of 2022 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

METUCHEN, NJ - Congratulations are in order for two members of the Saint Joseph High School Class of 2022.

Following four years of academic success, Aayush Agnihotri was named Valedictorian of the Saint Joseph High School Class of 2022. Matthew DaSilva was named Salutatorian. 

Agnihotri, from South Plainfield, will be attending Cornell University in the Fall, while the ...

Union County Recognizes Community Action Month

May 17, 2022

The Union County Board of County Commissioners have determined that the County of Union will observe May 2022 as National Community Action Month.  Throughout the month of May, Union County will work in partnership with Community Action Agencies across the country to host events and activities.

“Community Action Agencies have enhanced the lives of hundreds of people in Union County ...

Hamilton Starbucks Employees Vote to Join Labor Union

May 3, 2022

HAMILTON, NJ — Employees at the Starbucks on Whitehorse-Mercerville Road in Hamilton Township voted on Monday to become the second location in New Jersey to join the Workers United labor union according to the New Jersey AFL-CIO. 

The Starbucks in Hopewell similarly voted to join the union recently.

Excited employees gathered at the CWA Local 1032 Union Hall in ...

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 ...

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 ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Discusses Future of Local News

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was a recent guest on the "What Works - The Future of Local News" Podcast from Northeastern University’s School of Journalism.

Shapiro talked about how TAPinto was formed, the current successes the company is seeing and plans for the future.

You can hear the discussion here.

For more information about ...

‘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 ...

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 ...