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November 28, 2018

Gardeners know the benefits of digging in the soil. It elevates a person’s mood, improves mental and physical well-being and the outcome is always good – added beauty or tasty nutritional food.  But many of us are stuck indoors for the winter, have a lack of space to garden outdoors or just can’t ...

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NEW JERSEY - The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife is reminding motorists to drive with extra caution and watch for deer during the mating season (the rut) as darkness arrives earlier. The rutting season runs from late October into mid-December. During this period deer are more apt to ...

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The pantry is full of fall favorites like squash, onions and potatoes, but busy schedules may have you finding a few things growing in the back of your cupboard. With little effort and a pinch of creativity you can grow these into a very imaginative indoor garden.   Kids and adults love to watch ...

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Celebrate the National Garden Bureau’s Year of the Tulip in a big way by planting double flowered tulip varieties this fall for a showy display next spring. Flower arrangers love the big bold blossoms that resemble peonies and you’ll love their impressive blooms in your garden and ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Daffodils have a cheery presence in the spring garden and are a surefire way to chase away the winter blues. These fall-planted bulbs are also reliable perennials that require no maintenance and are not bothered by deer or other pests. The National Garden Bureau declared 2017 ...

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Break out the tools and garden your way to a healthier mind, body and spirit.  Gardeners have always know it, but now research proves that gardening is a great form of exercise. You’ll work out all your major muscle groups when raking, digging and planting for an hour.  Include gardening as a ...

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Busy schedules, over indulging, and strenuous summer activities can lead to sore muscles, indigestion and headaches. When searching for pain relief, look no further than your own garden or your local farmer’s market. These five foods fresh from the garden – or pot – are packed with super ...

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Keep your perennial gardens looking their best throughout the hot summer months with a bit of midsummer grooming and care. Investing time midseason means you’ll be enjoying beautiful gardens now through the end of the growing season. Start by deadheading, removing faded flowers, to improve the ...

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Spots and patches of white or gray talcum powder-like substance on your plant means powdery mildew infected your plant. This is one of the most widespread fungal diseases and attacks a wide range of plants. You may see mildew on a variety of trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetables and lawn grasses.

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Enjoy herbs all year round. Harvest herbs now for garden-fresh meals and preserve a few for the winter ahead. Snip a few leaves or leaf-covered stems as needed. For the same intensity of flavor, you generally need two to three times more fresh herbs than dried except for ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Looking for something to do this weekend in Plainfield?  Here’s a rundown of what’s on TAP! Donations are now being collected for victims of Guatemala's Volcano of Fire.  Towels, blankets/bed sheets, and clothes, and new/unused items such as diapers and toiletries, can be ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - TAPinto what's going on in and around town this week.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield news and events.  There's something for everyone! TUESDAY It's election day.  Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Get out and vote! Since it's election day, the Work ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - In case you missed it, here is a recap of this week's top news. Click on the links to get the entire stories: After UCDC Vote, Plainfield's Rebecca Williams Now a Freeholder Plainfield League of Women Voters Forum Held in Advance of Primary Election Governor Signs Bill ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Garden Club invites the public to its Shakespeare in Bloom garden tour in Cedar Brook Park on Saturday, June 9, fro 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Shakespeare Garden was built in 1927 by the famous landscape design firm for Frederick Law Olmstead, and is planted only with ...

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WESTFIELD — Despite rainy weather, participants showed up by the carload to visit some of Westfield’s most distinctive properties featured on this year’s Tour of Notable Homes, presented by the Friends of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, on Saturday. “It’s a much better turnout despite the ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - New Jersey American Water has issued an alert that affects the Plainfield-Netherwood area starting this Saturday. The water company will begin routine flushing of the water distribution system from Saturday, May 5 through Friday, May 11.  The flushing will take place from 8 a.m.

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - A letter from Carlos N. Sanchez, Plainfield's City Administrator, arrived in the mail on Tuesday, alerting residents to the fact that the city council has adopted an ordinance requiring landscapers doing business in town to be licensed.  It was passed, the letter noted, to help ...

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Free app connects residents with recycling information in handy mobile format. UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced the launch of Recycle Coach, a free app designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to County residents, and to ...

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Sliced, sauced, or cooked in your favorite recipe; tomatoes are a favorite and versatile vegetable. What’s more, they taste best when grown and harvested from your own garden or container. Ensure the best flavor and greatest results by selecting the most disease-resistant varieties and growing ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Property owners around two Plainfield historic districts will soon receive notice of hearings to be held by the Historic Preservation Commission on the districts’ proposed expansion. The commission’s preservationist, Barton Ross, made a survey last year of all 249 properties ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Registration for the 25th Annual Friends of Sleepy Hollow (FOSH) garage sale is now open.  This year's sale will be held on Sunday, May 20th. The registration fee is $25 through Friday, May 4th; those received after that date will be subject to a $10 late charge.  No ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County will be hosting a ground breaking ceremony at 836 West 3rd Street at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, and you're invited. In addition to celebrating this renovation project, the group’s matching gift opportunity ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority commissioners approved 2018 rates Tuesday and also passed budgets for solid waste and sewer services. Jeffrey Bliss of the auditing firm Lerch, Higgins & Vinci explained changes affecting rates, such as an increase in solid waste ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Do you always squeeze in an extra tomato plant, another row of beans or hill of zucchini?   It seems like a good idea at the time, until they all start to produce all at once.  Your family, friends and co-workers start to hide as you try to pawn off yet another bag of ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - New “No Parking” signs in Plainfield neighborhoods are meant to ensure access of emergency vehicles, but residents said Monday they are affecting the personal safety of family members. Willie Robinson said the new rules are “causing a hardship for residents” by forcing them to ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority will hold a public hearing Tuesday on proposed rate changes. As explained in a legal notice, “The Authority shall provide evidence at the hearing showing that the proposed adjustments of the Solid Waste Rates, Transfer Station ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Winter Storm Riley's strong winds have brought down trees, and cut power to both street lights and homes on Friday in Plainfield and surrounding areas. A tree on Dixie Lane in the Netherwood Heights section crushed a vehicle and brought wires down.  Firefighters on the scene ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Turn up the heat and add a bit of spice to your meals with hot peppers.  Add them to your garden, flower borders and containers for added beauty and easy picking. Your biggest challenge will be narrowing down your choices. Let All-America Selections (AAS), ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - It’s time to break out the seeds and potting mix to start your garden plants indoors.  It’s a great way to keep your green thumb in shape over winter. Plus, you’ll save money, increase your variety of plants and jump start the growing season when you start seeds under LED ...

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KENILWORTH, NJ - As it begins to get colder in New Jersey and winter is settling in, frozen pipes become a frequent occurrence. According to PuroClean franchisee and owner of the Kenilworth location, Robin Hoy, who is a Cranford resident, many families suffered from bad situations last winter. She ...

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