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Historic 50-Mile Tour of Somerville Returns on Memorial Day

May 17, 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ – When hometown hero Furman Kugler crossed the finish line in 1940 ahead of Johnny Webber of Milwaukee to win the first Tour of Somerville bicycle race before a crowd of 20,000, Mayor Freas Hess told a reporter, “Maybe we should do this again next year.”

They did, and with the exception of World War II and a two-year pandemic hiatus, America’s oldest ...

Boys Volleyball: Plainfield Records a Win vs. Roselle Catholic

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's boys volleyball team beat out Roselle Catholic (25-13, 25-17) Monday, moving to 3-6 overall. The Cardinals' opponent falls to 0-10.

Zayin Roberts had 4 kills, with 6 service points, while Kevin Nataren had 9 assists, with 20 service points.

Jahmir Chandler scored 3 aces, and 2 kills, and Derick Aguirre had 3 kills and a dig.

Plainfield is ...

Baseball: Plainfield Shuts Out Hillside 15-0

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield shut out Hillside Thursday, grabbing a 15-0 win. The Cardinals move up to 3-4 overall.

Janbert Mariana pitched 3 innings, and struck out 6 batters.

Aaron Roach had 3 hits, 2 RBIs and stole 2 bases, while Lucas Kidder scored 2 runs and stole 2 bases.

Dinelson Dominguez-Morel and Steven Francisco each added 2 runs. The following players each scored a run: ...

Boys Tennis: Elizabeth Edges Plainfield 3-2

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Cardinals tennis team fell 3-2 to Elizabeth Thursday at the Donald Van Blake Courts in Plainfield.

Singles

Plainfield’s Isaiah Dore over Eduardo Cruz (6-0, 6-0)
Elizabeth’s Gabriel Nunez over Daniel Marin (6-0, 6-1)
Elizabeth’s Jose Guerrero over Josue Rosales (6-0, 6-0)

Doubles

Plainfield’s Christopher Wiltshire and Erick ...

Baseball: Plainfield Logs 3-2 Win against St. Benedict’s Prep

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield’s boys baseball team dug deep to push past St. Benedict’s Prep Wednesday. The Gray Bees took a 2-1 lead in the 5th inning, but the Cardinals tied it up in the 6th, and added another run in the 8th to notch a 3-2 win.

Lucas Kidder got a hit, and had an RBI. Shane Kidder scored 2 runs. He was hit by a pitch, as was John Inoa; Jayden Whitaker, who also ...

Boys Volleyball: Plainfield Prevails Over Roselle

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's boys volleyball team logged a win over Roselle (25-18, 25-13) Thursday, moving to 2-4 overall.

Derick Aguirre had 7 kills and 5 digs, and Zayin Roberts had 4 kills and a block. Jahmir Chandler added 4 kills and 2 digs.

The Cardinals' Derek Lopez had double-digit assists, with 10 for the team.

Plainfield is scheduled to play at Elizabeth on ...

Baseball: Rahway Rolls Over Plainfield 23-8

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Cardinals took a 3-0 lead after the first inning against Rahway at Plainfield's Joe Black Field Tuesday, but was never able to retake the lead after the Indians doubled the scoreto 6-3 in the second inning. Another 12 runs in the fourth, and 5 more in the fifth inning led Rahway to a 23-8 win.

Plainfield's Shane Kidder (11) scored 2 runs and stole 3 bases, ...

Vote for Plainfield's Celine Jada-Brown for Performance of the Week

PLAINFIELD, NJ - There's still time to vote for Plainfield's Celine Jada-Brown, who is currently in first place for NJ Performance of the Week on NJ MileSplit, with over 1 in 4 of the 21,929 votes as of the time of publication.

But Taylor Cox of Union Catholic is running a close second to Jada-Brown, so be sure to vote. The poll closes at midnight on Thursday.

VOTE ...

Boys Volleyball: Union Tops Plainfield in Monday Match-Up

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Union improved to 4-1 with its win over Plainfield (25-12, 25-18) on Monday, while the Cardinals fall to 1-3 overall.

The Cardinals' Jahmir Chandler had 4 kills, while Derick Aguirre had 4 kills and 2 digs. Kevin Nataren added another 4 digs. Derek Lopez had 7 assists, with Nataren at 4 assists.

Union's Alexander Boulin had 7 kills, 10 digs and a block. Faraz Bhatti ...

Scottie Scheffler Becomes First New Jersey Golfer to Win Masters

RIDGEWOOD, NJ – On Sunday, 25-year-old Scottie Scheffler became the 86th person to win the Masters Tournament down in Augusta, Georgia. Scheffler also captured another milestone with his victory, becoming the first person born in the Garden State to win the most prestigious golf tournament in the world.

Scheffler’s New Jersey ties do not run particularly deep as the number ...

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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 Announces Class Officers for 2022-2023

EDISON, NJ -- Annie Gu of Edison, a junior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, will lead the student body as senior class president in the 2022-2023 school year after winning the Student Council election. Annie, who took over the leadership from outgoing president Shiv Tickoo of Scotch Plains earlier this month, will be joined by Gbemi Olarewaju of Piscataway and Adam Eisdorfer of ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Shine at Middle School Spring Concert

EDISON, NJ -- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison provided more than 90 minutes of musical entertainment at last week’s Spring Concert in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Nine ensembles performed under the direction of Choir Director Sharon Byrne, Performing Arts Department Chair, and Band Director Rick Fontaine.

Highlights of the show included the ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Girls Repeat as State Golf Champs

EDISON, NJ -- Consistency, depth and determination propelled the girls’ golf team at The Wardalw+Hartridge School in Edison to its second straight state team championship at Raritan Valley Country Club on May 16. After falling behind by a few strokes early, the Rams remained steady and did not panic as weather conditions began to deteriorate with a storm coming. Fueled by a balanced ...

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Sat, May 21, 12:30 PM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Teen Video Game Party!

Arts & Entertainment

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Mon, May 23, 11:00 AM

Hub Stine Complex, Plainfield

Dedication of the Milt Campbell Track & Field

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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 ...

Bring your Household Hazardous Waste to a Free Recycling Event for Union County Residents, June 4

May 20, 2022

Union County residents can safely dispose their unwanted household chemicals, old fire extinguishers, propane tanks and other potentially hazardous items at Union County’s next free Household Hazardous Waste event on Saturday, June 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Kean Hall parking lot at Kean University, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union Township. Any Union County resident may ...

Gas Prices in New Jersey Reach Another Record High

May 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — Gas prices in New Jersey have reached another all-time high.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded reached $4.72 on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. That's up seven cents from the day before, 23 cents from last week and nearly 70 cents from last month. Those figures are according to AAA.

The Newark and Trenton areas are paying the most statewide, according ...

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 ...

'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 ...

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 ...

‘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, ...

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 ...