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Suspicious Three Alarm Fire Under Investigation in North Plainfield  

May 27, 2020

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ– A suspicious three alarm fire broke out in the early morning hours Wednesday at a residence on Maple Avenue in North Plainfield  Fire companies from North Plainfield, Bridgewater/Finderne, Bound Brook, Green Brook, Watchung, Warren, Plainfield and South Plainfield responded to extinguish the residential fire.

Three residential structures were damaged with two ...

COVID-19: Losses at 78, and Plainfield Makes Governor's Presser

PLAINFIELD, NJ — COVID-19, according to the administration's Wednesday update, has claimed the lives of 78 Plainfield residents in total.  That's five more announced since just one day ago.

The announcement stated the coronavirus has taken:

37-year-old Caucasian female
40-year-old Caucasian male
88-year-old African American female
82-year-old male
91-year-old ...

Plainfield Council's Budget Deliberations Include Fire and Finance, Parks and Public Works

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Council members heard from three Plainfield division heads at Wednesday's budget deliberation session. Fire Director Kenneth Childress reviewed his department's finances and goals, and Oren Dabney, Director of Public Works, broke down the divisions that fall under his purview.  Director of Finance Ron West talked tax collections and appeals, and of his own $10K ...

Two Injured in North Plainfield Fire, Authorities Seek Information  

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — Two residents were injured in a three-alarm fire in the Borough of North Plainfield Tuesday, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and North Plainfield Chief of Police William Parenti jointly announced.

Prosecutor Robertson stated: On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at ...

Have You Seen Christopher Soto of Plainfield?

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Union County Prosecutor's Office, as a part of its missing persons initiative, is asking the public if they have seen 14-year-old Christoper Soto of Plainfield.

Missing since April 20, Soto was last seen leaving his Plainfield residence wearing a black jacket, jeans, black sneakers, and a baseball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call Plainfield Police ...

Budget 2020: Plainfield Police Department

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Members of Plainfield’s City Council held their first municipal operating budget deliberation session Wednesday, hearing from Police Director Lisa Burgess, and Director Valerie Jackson of the Department of Economic Development. The Zoom platform that was used gave residents an up-close look at interactions between council, department heads, and the Mayor, ...

Plainfield Police Seek Public's Help in Fatal Motor Vehicle Incident

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield Police units responded to a motor vehicle incident at 4:51 a.m. Tuesday morning at the intersection of Clinton Avenue and West Fourth Street. Upon arrival, they located a 39-year-old male from Middlesex with life-threatening injuries.

The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The Plainfield Police ...

Friday Afternoon Fire on East 7th Street in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A fire broke out in a Plainfield home on the 1200 block of East 7th Street early Friday afternoon, according to Breaking News Network.  Emergency vehicles closed off the road from Leland Avenue towards Terrill Road.

The BNN alert noted command reported the fire was on the second floor, and crews were checking the attic.  On scene, TAPinto Plainfield could see a ...

Plainfield Business Owner, 2 Employees, Charged with Violating Executive Order

TRENTON — Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, announced recent enforcement actions related to COVID-19 on Monday.  A non-essential business in Plainfield was open, in violation of Governor Murphy’s Executive Order, despite several warnings.  The owner and two employees were charged.

Assaults and ...

Plainfield Bar Owner Charged with Violating Executive Order

TRENTON — Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, announced recent enforcement actions related to COVID-19, including those involving individuals in violation of Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders.  A Plainfield restaurant and bar owner is among those charged.

Assaults and Threats Against Police ...

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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 ...