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No Mo Poison Ivy After No Mow May

May 24, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ - 'No Mow May' is a grassroots environmental effort that has taken the world by storm. In a nutshell, homeowners are encouraged to not mow their lawn for the entire month of May in order to protect habitat for emerging pollinators. 

All those butterflies and bees grow up somewhere, and habitat destruction is a major contributor to the decline of butterfly and bee ...

Turn Your Plainfield Yard Waste into Gardener’s Gold - Compost

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Save time and money by turning landscape trimmings into a valuable soil amendment.

The idea is simple, just collect disease- and insect-free plant debris into a heap and let it decompose into a fine, nutrient rich material that helps improve the soil. Don’t add meat, dairy, invasive plants, weeds that have gone to seed or perennial weeds that can take root and grow ...

Raingardens Are An Appealing Way for Homeowners to Reduce Flooding and Pollution

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Letting rainwater leave your property can interfere with groundwater recharge and possibly cause flooding, ice slicks in the winter, and pollution of downstream lakes and streams.  Rain gardens are one possible solution available to homeowners. Commercial properties can use them too.

Step 1: Decide on rain garden placement

Find out where water is coming ...

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Keep garden-fresh tomatoes close at hand this season. Grow one or more in containers on your patio, balcony, or front steps.

Any tomato can be grown in a pot, but determinate varieties are smaller and more compact, so they are a bit easier to manage in a container. They produce fruit in a relatively short period of time, making them great choices for preserving as well as using fresh. Look for ...

Union Catholic Students Set Guinness World Record for the Most People Simultaneously Watering Plants

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- More than 50 members of the Union Catholic Community helped set a World Record for the most people simultaneously watering plants on Friday. Union Catholic is now the home of two world record holders.

Last summer, Sydney McLaughlin (UC Class of 2017), broke the world record in the 400-meter hurdles when she won the gold medal in that event at the Olympic Games in ...

Plant and Protect Trees in Honor of Arbor Day

Celebrate National Arbor Day, the last Friday in April, by planting new trees and caring for established ones in your landscape and community. This special holiday was first celebrated in 1872. Arbor Day celebrations continue to recognize the important role trees play in our environment and more recently their impact on our mental and emotional well-being.

These long-lived members of our ...


Come to the Free “Native Plant Swap and Shop,” June 9

May 26, 2022

Union County residents can come to the free “Native Plant Swap and Shop” event on Thursday evening, June 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and trade harmful, invasive plants from their yard for up to three colorful native varieties that attract butterflies and other pollinators, free of charge. More native plants will also be available for purchase at the event.

The Native Plant Swap ...


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Enjoy Union County Parks, the Zero Waste Way

Visitors to Union County parks this summer can give their outdoor gatherings a zero waste makeover by using washable or recyclable picnic gear including plates, cups, utensils and tablecloths.

“Cutting down on single-use paper or plastic items in our parks is a simple way to help the environment while enjoying the outdoors with friends and family,” said Union County Commissioner ...

Creativity, Pride on Display at Wardlaw+Hartridge Art Show

EDISON, NJ -- Students in PreK(3) through Grade 5 were beaming with pride showing off their fine artwork during last week’s Lower School Art Show.

Families and friends roamed the Lower School hallways and Lower Snowdon to peruse the various works and enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate visual art with their children, who were expertly guided by Lower School art instructor Sara ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Explore Cuisine, Migration

EDISON, NJ -- AP Human Geography students in Mrs. Jean Castellano’s class enjoyed an exciting immersion experience with the LivingCity Project which focused on the theme of how migration transforms cuisine. This year’s project included a field trip to New York City chaperoned by Mrs. Castellano and Mrs. Nicole Nolan.

The students spent the day in the Lower East Side where they ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Community Enjoys Return of Golf Outing

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison held its first golf outing in more than two decades on May 19 at Colonia Country Club. Twelve foursomes from the W+H community of parents, alumni and friends enjoyed a day of golf and good times together, capped by an afternoon reception. The day began with opening remarks from Head Pro Kevin Maciorowski, parent of W+H students Ryan ...

Upcoming Events


Mon, May 30, 10:00 AM

Monument at City Hall, Plainfield

Memorial Day Ceremony


Wed, June 1, 6:00 PM


NJ Cannabis Certified


Wed, June 1, 7:00 PM

Zoom, Plainfield

Plainfield Zoning Board

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 ...

Union County Celebrates Pride Month 2022 with Art, Dancing, Theatre & More

May 29, 2022

The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites all residents and visitors to join in the celebration of Pride Month 2022, with community activities scheduled all throughout the month of June.

“This year our Pride Month calendar includes a mix of activities from just plain fun to cultural enrichment, education, networking and awareness-raising,” said Chair Rebecca Williams.

Clifton Woman Arrested Following Nail Salon Assault, CAIR-NJ Condemns Assault on Muslim Girls

May 27, 2022

CLIFTON, NJ — A 59-year-old Clifton woman was arrested and charged following a report of an April 30 assault and bias incident at a Lakeview Ave. nail salon. The charges in the case have been referred to the Passaic County Grand Jury. 

The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) condemned the allegedly bias-motivated assault on Muslim girls and ...

Plainfield Superintendent Letter to Parents on Texas School Shooting; Moment of Silence at 10 a.m.

May 25, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Public Schools District will hold a moment of silence for the victims of the Uvalde, TX, school shooting. Read Superintendent Dr. Diana Mitchell's letter to the community.

Dear Plainfield Staff, Students, Parents, and Community Members:

Yesterday, we witnessed yet another heartbreaking and unconscionable school shooting where 19 children and ...

Minority Coaches Ask for 9 Minutes 29 Seconds of Your Time

May 28, 2022

On May 25, 2020, for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, Derek Chauvin senselessly killed George Floyd. This murder coincided with the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was a dark time for America with an unknown virus that would kill over one million people in America and three million people worldwide. Unfortunately, racism continues to cause generational trauma in America due to skin ...

Thomas Kang Becomes Owner/Publisher of 5 TAPinto Local News and Digital Marketing Platforms

MILLBURN, NJ — Thomas Kang is the new owner/publisher of TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills, TAPinto Springfield, TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove, TAPinto West Essex and TAPinto West Orange. He took over the local news and digital marketing platforms on March 1, 2022.

Kang, who grew up in the Philadelphia area, moved to New Jersey about two years ago. He's also lived in ...

'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 ...

‘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, ...