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Two Injured in North Plainfield Fire, Authorities Seek Information  

May 12, 2020

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 ...

Duke Farms Remains Closed to Visitors

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — New Jersey's state parks and county parks re-opened at sunrise Saturday, but privately-owned Duke Farms will remain closed to the public.

Gov. Phil Murphy last week rescinded an executive order issued three weeks ago shutting all state and county parks and golf courses in an effort to impede the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) through social contact.

With ...

Home Again: NJ Couple Stranded on Cruise Ship Arrive Home

WARREN, NJ - Warren couple Rick and Wendy De Pinho arrived home safe after being stranded on the MS Rotterdam Cruise ship. "Of all the days confined to our cabin it was our first day of disembarking that was our most STRESSFUL DAY!, Rick said."

Rick De Pinho provided the following account of their experience:

The most grueling and stressful day was the day we disembarked the ...

North Plainfield Resident Fatally Struck On Route 22

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A fatal accident on Route 22 in North Plainfield involving a pedestrian on Saturday night is being investigated by the North Plainfield Police Department, North Plainfield Police Chief William Parenti announced on Sunday. The North Plainfield Police Department, in conjunction with the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team, is ...

Update: First Two Deaths from COVID-19 Reported in Somerset County

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The first two Coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths have been reported in Somerset County.

The Somerset County Department of Health confirmed the death of a Bridgewater resident and a Franklin resident during a conference call with Somerset County mayors early Sunday afternoon.

No other details were provided.

The number of confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Somerset ...

Prosecutor: Bound Brook Arson Suspect Caused $52M in Losses

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A Superior Court judge ruled Friday that the arson suspect charged with burning down two 5-story buildings in downtown Bound Brook Sunday night will remain in jail until a pre-indictment conference in March.

In his denial to release the suspect on bail, Superior Court Judge Kevin M. Shanahan referenced posts that appeared on Juan Hector Padilla's Facebook page in the days ...

Mayor Robert Frazen: "Bound Brook Will Rebound and We Will Rebuild"

BOUND BROOK, NJ - Fortified by hundreds that have reached out to help, phone calls from the governor, a local businessman offering $10,000 to make things better and assurances from Somerset County officials that help is close at hand, Mayor Robert Fazen is determined to undo the damage to the borough's downtown caused by a seven-alarm fire Sunday night.

“Bound Brook will rebound and ...

Multi-Alarm Fire in Bound Brook on Sunday

BOUND BROOK, NJ — The Bound Brook Police Department posted on social media about a multi-alarm structure fire on Main Street.  According to the post: "This is a disastrous fire that is very difficult to contain and has the potential to spread to all nearby structures. If emergency personnel order you out of your residence PLEASE LISTEN!"

An alert from New Jersey Transit ...

Warren Prostitution Arrest at Massage Parlor, Prosecutor Says

WARREN, NJ - One person was arrested after a prostitution investigation at a Warren Township massage parlor on Monday, authorities announced on Wednesday.

The  arrest of Guiyu Piao, age 49, of 35th Ave, Flushing, NY was announced by Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Warren Township Police ...

Retiring Sheriff Provenzano Bids Farewell to His Officers

SOMERVILLE, NJ - One by one, retiring Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano walked down the double-line of his officers assembled outside the Somerset County Administration building Monday and shook each of their hands as he said his final good-byes after 18 years on the job.

The ceremonial "walk out" was held outside Provenzano''s office n the Fallen Officer Memorial ...

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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 ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Athletes Earn Sportsmanship Recognition

EDISON, NJ -- Congratulations to seniors Brianna Chambers of Somerset and A.J. Massaro of South Plainfield, seniors at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, who represented their school at this year’s virtual presentation of the Greater Middlesex Conference Sportsmanship Awards. Instead of the annual luncheon, the event was moved to a virtual platform due to the coronavirus pandemic, ...

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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Tue, May 26, 2:00 PM

St. Francis Episcopal Church, Dunellen

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Giving Back Health & Wellness

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Thu, May 28, 11:00 AM

VIRTUAL PROGRAM - Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Board of Trustees Meeting - Plainfield Public ...

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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 ...

The History of Memorial Day and How it Became the Start of Summer

May 24, 2020

Memorial Day, as the name implies, was established to create a day of remembrance to honor soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the U.S. Civil War. Our culture today, however, associates the holiday with the start of summer activities, like barbecues and going to the beach. How did this once somber holiday become the signal of summer? 

After the Civil War ended in the spring of ...