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Scotch Plains Man Struck, Killed Crossing South Ave. Friday

June 5, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — An 87-year old Scotch Plains man died Friday afternoon after he was struck while crossing West South Avenue at the intersection of North Scotch Plains Avenue, police said.

The victim’s name has not been released. No charges have been field against the driver at this time, police said.

Westfield Police Chief Christopher Battiloro said in a press release that ...

(VIDEO) Black Lives Matter Protest March Through Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Westfield

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD/WESTFIELD, NJ -- An estimated 1,500 people gathered, prayed, chanted, and displayed their outrage over George Floyd's death in Minneapolis last week, but the crowd spoke the loudest when it said nothing at all for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. 

Co-organizer Morghan Johnson asked the crowd to remain silent for the amount of time a Minneapolis police officer kept his ...

Peaceful Protest Honoring George Floyd held in Cranford’s Nomahegan Park

CRANFORD - As protests are erupting all over the nation in response to the murder of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement extended into Cranford on Tuesday as Union County residents gathered for a peaceful protest in Nomahegan Park.

An estimated 2,000 people attended, ranging from babies in strollers to adults, and walked around the park pond while chanting powerful phrases including, ...

'Enough Is Enough' Protest Walk Through Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Westfield Thurs, June 4

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD/WESTFIELD, NJ -- A peaceful protest against "systematic racism" is planned to take place on Thursday, June 4, starting at 2:00 p.m. The march will start at Park Middle School in Scotch Plains, go south along Park Ave. and onto Martine Ave. in Fanwood, and turn left on North Ave. and end at the Westfield train station.

The protest was organized and ...

Westfield PD Prep for Potential ‘Mass Gatherings.’ Protest set for Sunday

A Black Lives Matter protest is planned for Sunday in Mindowaskin Park

WESTFIELD, NJ — Riot gear at the ready and cleaning solution to combat coronavirus were the order of the day at police headquarters in Westfield as protestors rallied nearby.

Police Chief Christopher Battiloro in a statement Tuesday said the department was preparing for potential “localized mass ...

Powerful and Peaceful: Crowd of 1,500-Plus Gathers in Summit to Protest for Racial Equality, Justice

SUMMIT, NJ - More than 1,500 peaceful, concerned citizens from Hilltop City and surrounding towns gathered Tuesday afternoon at Summit's Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School (LCJSMS) to show their support for the 'Black Lives Matter' movement and, in the process, set a high bar for respectful, organized ...

Displays of Solidarity Amid National Outrage Over George Floyd's Death (VIDEO)

WESTFIELD, NJ — Contrasting larger and often jarring protests across the state and nation, demonstrators in Mindowaskin Park Sunday spoke of cooperation between law enforcement and the local community as they condemned police violence elsewhere.

“Stop Police Brutality,” “Justice for George Floyd” and “Racism in not Welcome in Westfield” were ...

2020 4th of July Fireworks at Nomahegan Park and all Other Union County Parks Canceled

UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Union County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that Independence Day fireworks scheduled to take place in Union County Parks have been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

The announcement includes fireworks at the following sites:

Cranford fireworks scheduled to take place in Nomahegan Park on July 2. 
Plainfield fireworks ...

Plainfield Awarded Union County Infrastructure Grant

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Freeholders Infrastructure Grant program will fund various projects throughout the County, including parks, sewage drainage, road resurfacing and signage. In all, the Freeholders made awards to 21 municipalities as part of the sixth annual Union County Infrastructure Grant program, funding projects aimed at spurring economic development growth, and ...

Union Freeholders’ 2020 Budget Won't Increase County Taxes, Impact Varies by Town

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The freeholder board approved a budget that will not increase county taxes — the first time in nearly 20 years — to ease residents' and business owners' financial pain caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020 budget, which was unanimously passed Thursday night, promised to avoid layoffs and maintain essential county services, while having an ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Third Graders Present Virtual Recorder Recital

EDISON, NJ -- Third grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison performed on their recorders with homemade videos to create a wonderful virtual recital. 

The students began learning the recorder at the beginning of the school year. They continued practicing and improving their skills during distance learning.  The repertoire includes songs learned early in the ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Celebrates Athletes, Teams at Virtual Rams Recognition Night

EDISON, NJ -- The department at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison held a virtual Rams Recognition Night to celebrate the accomplishments of its Upper School athletes and teams on May 27.

Four athletes who compiled at least nine varsity letters received W+H blankets: Brianna Chambers of Somerset, Austin Miller of Linden, Sahil Mulji of Edison and Nadia Valcourt of South Plainfield.

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Share Genetics Research

EDISON, NJ -- Upper School science students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison addressed the fields of genetics and molecular biology in a series of informative virtual presentations in a webinar on May 20.

W+H offers honors research programs in genetics and molecular biology and technology. In genetics, students work on an independent genetic research project using drosophila ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Lower School Embraces Virtual Community Field Day

EDISON, NJ -- The first-ever virtual Field Day turned into an enormous success, with Lower School students and parents participating in a community oriented challenge event that incorporated many interesting aspects.

Students in from PreK-Grade 5 were divided into teams of Green and Gold during the daylong event, which triggered thousands of posts on SeeSaw. Students and their families ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Eighth Graders Deliver Capstone Presentations

EDISON, NJ -- Eighth grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison addressed a variety of interesting topics during a series of well-executed virtual Capstone presentations last week. Nine students participated in this year’s program:

Gbemi Olarewaju of Piscataway – Water Shortages in sub-Saharan Africa; Tiger Huang of Edison – Impact of Artificial ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Thespians Win Theatre Night Awards

EDISON, NJ -- Mayah Nissim of Scotch Plains and Sahil Mulji of Edison, seniors at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, won the equivalent of an Oscar in their categories of distinction at the Montclair State University's Theatre Night Foxy Awards, which was held virtually on May 19. Mayah won for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Work of Innovation & ...

Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

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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 ...

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We the People Rally & March for Plainfield

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VIRTUAL PROGRAM - Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Board of Trustees Meeting - Plainfield Public ...

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Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Before you know it, our date nights can actually happen at a table in a restaurant! As New Jersey begins to slowly emerge from stay-at-home rules, couples are itching to get our and experience something hot. How about something sizzling found in a basket, on a plate or inside a bucket?

When it comes to ...

Three-Day Schedule for Free Union County COVID-19 Test Center

June 5, 2020

Effective Monday, June 8, the free Union County Covid-19 Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“As the result of a historic community effort by Union County residents to slow the spread of COVID-19, the number of requests for tests has gone down in recent ...

Plainfield PBA Local #19 Statement on Use of Force Incident

June 5, 2020

The Plainfield Policemen’s Benevolent Association is aware that these are tense times within our Country and in our City. Recently, a video surfaced on social media depicting the arrest of a city resident. As required, the matter was forwarded to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office for a complete and thorough investigation.  We ask the public to hold their judgement while the ...

'Justice for George Floyd,' Police March Alongside Hundreds in Camden

May 31, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — A police lieutenant shouted, “No justice!”

And hundreds responded, "No peace!"

Protests against police brutality have unfolded across the nation over the weekend following the death of George Floyd.

Perhaps nowhere as uniquely as in Camden, where officers and the police chief on Saturday stood hand in hand ...

Plainfield Residents Won’t See a Tax Increase in 2020 / Los residentes no verán un aumento de impuestos en 2020

May 29, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A joint statement from Plainfield city officials announced the 2020 budget has been reduced by almost $2.3 million, with over 100 budget line items impacted. There will also be a zero percent tax increase this year.

Read the full statement:

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp announced that the City of Plainfield, NJ, will have a zero percent tax increase for the budget year ...

I photographed a George Floyd protest in Newark. This is what I Witnessed.

June 2, 2020

Daniel Han is a freelance journalist, Westfield High School Graduate of 2019 and freshman studying journalism at Rutgers University.

I entered Newark, N.J. on Saturday with shatter-proof goggles, a helmet and camera. As a freelance photographer, I wanted to capture the historic moment of the George Floyd protests, but was also nervous. Footage of Minneapolis, New York and Philadelphia ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Brett Freeman of Halston Media Group

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of June 2020 is Brett Freeman, CEO and Publisher of Halston Media Group.  Halston Media Group owns and operates five hardcopy newspapers and utilizes TAPinto as their online platform for their newspapers.  Halston Media Group's five TAPinto franchises are TAPinto Mahopac, TAPinto Somers, TAPinto Yorktown, TAPinto North Salem, and ...

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 ...

TAPinto Red Bank Editor Shares Story of Virtual Art Auction to Benefit Neighbors in Need

June 5, 2020

RED BANK, NJ -- Scott Wingerter, Editor of TAPinto Red Bank, joined Host Stephanie Willoughby to share a story from his community about a local nonprofit organization who held an online art auction to raise money to feed the needy.  

Lunch Break is a Red Bank organization founded in 1983 to help underemployed people make ends meet, said Wingerter, but it has evolved into much more.