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Roselle 2-Year-Old Found Safe Following Auto Theft and Kidnapping

May 14, 2021

ROSELLE, NJ — A 2-year-old child is safe and has been reunited with his family after being briefly kidnapped in a vehicle that was stolen outside a Roselle home Thursday night, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Roselle Police Chief Brian Barnes jointly announced Friday.

“The diligent work of our Roselle Police Department, along with county police, not only ...

Lawsuit: Prisoner Was Denied Medicine, Beaten by Staff at Union County Jail

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A man incarcerated at the Union County Jail is suing the county with claims that the staff there denied him medication for a severely painful condition and then beat him mercilessly.

While in court papers the county denies the allegations, Michael David Ivancich claims in the federal lawsuit he was forced to go without necessary prescription ...

3 from Plainfield Among 2021 Union County SHero Award Winners

Union County, NJ — The Union County Board of Commissioners are recognizing 55 women, including three from Plainfield, with the 2021 Union County SHero Award. The award is administered by the Union County Office on Women, and was created to help raise awareness about the contributions of women in Union County during the COVID-19 crisis.

“This award recognizes women who have ...

Panic Buying Gasoline After Oil Pipeline Cyberattack Leads to Price Increases. See How Union County Compares to National Averages.

Elizabeth, NJ. — A cyberattack against a “vital” U.S. oil pipeline has contributed to a spike in already high gasoline prices. New Jersey gas prices now average $3.04 per gallon, according to AAA, compared to roughly $3.01 per gallon nationally. 

In Union County, the price at the pump has hit $3.035 as of May 12. This is part of a national trend in high gas prices ...

Union County Expanding Regional Dispatch Center

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will expand its Emergency Services Regional Dispatch Center in Westfield, allowing more towns the option to use its services for fire, EMS, mutual aid and first responders. 

At Thursday’s virtual Board of County Commissioners meeting, commissioners awarded a $3.28 million contract to H&S Construction and Mechanical Inc., of Elizabeth, for ...

What You Need to Know About Voting in The Primary Election in Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Voters will have a choice to vote by mail or in-person in the June 8 primary election, but drop boxes are here to stay, county officials said. Whichever way voters decide to cast their votes, the registration deadline is May 18.

Since Gov. Phil Murphy announced the primary election will be mostly in-person, Union County Board of Elections Administrator Nicole DiRado ...

Scammer Swindles Scotch Plains Resident Out of $30K with Phony Story of Being Attacked in Egypt

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A Scotch Plains resident fell victim to a fraud scheme orchestrated by an "online acquaintance" who stated he had been beat up in Egypt and needed money for medical bills.

According to the Scotch Plains police blotter, the resident sent in excess of $30,000 to the fraudster before realizing it was a scam.

Scotch Plains police are in the process of ...

Saint Bart's Festival, a Highlight of the Scotch Plains Calendar, Will Return for Labor Day 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Things are tutto bene in Scotch Plains with the announcement today that the Saint Bart's Festival will return for Labor Day Weekend 2021.

Paul Raphael, president of the Scotch Plains chapter of UNICO, the Italian-American service organization, and a member of the festival steering committee, told TAPintoSPF that plans are in the beginning stages for the popular ...

Union's Food Truck and Inflatable Festival Set for Saturday

UNION, NJ - Union's Food Truck Fest and Inflatable Village event is set for Saturday, May 8.

The event, which will be open from 2 to 7 p.m. in Rabkin Park, 1 Swanstrom Place East will feature food trucks, live music, inflatables, kid friendly shows and a beer garden.  The entrance fee is $5 per person (children 5 or younger will be free). 

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Elizabeth School Nurse Wins Union County School Nurse of the Year

ELIZABETH, NJ - The first person from Elizabeth has been awarded the School Nurse of the year by Union County School Nurses Association (UCSNA). 

Marie Verdon Noonan has worked as a registered nurse with the Elizabeth Board of Education for the last 18 years, but her job has not been easy with the COVID-19 Pandemic. She stepped up and volunteered as a contact tracer for the City of ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Girls Roll to Sectional Golf Title

EDISON, NJ-- The undefeated girls’ golf team at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison captured the Central Jersey sectional championship in dominant fashion on May 10. Freshman Sarah Shao of Green Brook shot an impressive 4-under-par round of 67 to capture the individual title and lead the Rams, who advanced to next week’s Tournament of Champions.

W+H won the team title by 45 ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Second Graders Share Original Work in Poetry Café

EDISON, NJ-- April is National Poetry month, and throughout the month second grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison read, studied and wrote various poems. Typically, the second graders hold a “Poetry Cafe” where they perform in front of a live audience of family members. However, due to COVID restrictions this year, the students took their performance to ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Wins DAR Good Citizen Award

EDISON, NJ-- Taliyah Williams of Rahway, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, was among three local high school seniors to receive Good Citizen Awards from The Westfield Chapter of The Daughters of The American Revolution (DAR).

Each school selected one Good Citizen from their senior class based on Dependability (truthfulness, loyalty, punctuality), Service (cooperation, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Scholars Deliver Capstone Presentations

EDISON, NJ-- Twelve seniors in the Class of 2021 at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison shared their research and findings on a variety of pertinent topics in last week’s Capstone presentations in the Center for Global Learning. This project, a requirement to graduate with the Global Scholars Program diploma, involves many components including a written paper, action research ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Participate in Read-a-thon

EDISON, NJ-- Lower School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison capped a three-week read-a-thon in April with some impressive numbers. The students logged 20,438 minutes of total reading. Fourth-grader Josh Culver of Colonia led all students with 1,368 minutes, which is nearly one full day! Total donations reached $4,130 and the proceeds will go toward a fund to diversify Lower ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Enjoy Middle School Spirit Week

EDISON,NJ-- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison are celebrating their own divisional Spirit Week from May 3-7. Students are having a blast embracing daily themes to begin the home stretch of this unprecedented school year in style.

The week kicked off with Match a Friend Monday on which students joined up to four friends with matching outfits. Teachers joined the ...

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6 Tasty Ideas for Your Next Backyard Party

May 16, 2021

As the weather turns warmer and more people become comfortable getting together, it’s a great time to plan an outdoor party.

Here are six ideas for your next gathering, with tasty suggestions for what to serve:

Movie Night: Set up the projector, place out some comfy seating and have individual boxes of movie candy ready. For something fancy, put out bowls of truffled popcorn: ...

New Jersey Date Night: Stroll Through These Gorgeous Gardens

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

There’s always something growing in New Jersey, be it excitement for warmer weather or the flowers in everyone’s yard. Celebrating springtime in the Garden State requires a garden date. We have so many options at our fingertips — possibilities guaranteed to inspire romance and ...

Sayreville's Brandon Bielak, Saint Joseph HS Grad, Pitches Against the Yankees

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Brandon Bielak, a Sayreville native who played his high school baseball at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen), took the mound for the Houston Astros against the Yankees Tuesday evening in a hostile Yankee Stadium, where fans released their anger over Houston's sign-stealing scandal became public following the 2019 ALCS.

Bielak had the thrill of ...

Convenient COVID-19 Self-Test at Union County Test Center

May 15, 2021

The Test Center will shift from a drive-through service to a walk-up service as of Monday, May 17.

The Union County COVID-19 Test Center at Kean University will be open to all Union County residents who would like to self-administer a free COVID-19 nasal swab test under the supervision of professional staff beginning on Monday, May 17.

The Test Center is located at the Kean campus in Union ...

Right Choice for Mayor

May 14, 2021

To the editor of TAP into Plainfield: 

I am writing to endorse Sean McKenna, Mayor for the City of Plainfield.

Sean stood out to me as a leader and a thinker since introduction to him upon moving here in 2016.  I heard his questions while serving on the Planning Board and now as the Second Ward Councilman. He’s direct, courteous, and informed - all the qualities we want ...

Central Jersey Temple Faces Allegations of Human Trafficking, Forced Labor & Abuse in Workers' Class Action Lawsuit

May 12, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Federal law enforcement officials descended on the BAPS Temple in Robbinsville on Tuesday to execute court orders on the property where workers say they were victims of human trafficking and labor abuse. Six plaintiffs have filed the lawsuit on behalf of approximately 200 other Indian nationals who claim they were forced labor and faced ...

Plainfield Public Schools Job Fair / Feria de empleo de las escuelas públicas de Plainfield

May 12, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Public Schools district is holding a virtual job fair for middle and high school teaching positions for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.

The event will be held on Wednesday, May 19, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. To see a list of available positions, and to start an application, click here.

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Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

The Benefits of Local Advertising

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When marketing your services or products, the best place to start is right in the community you serve. Your local community is full of potential new and returning customers, and that market is essential for you to sustain and grow. 

Local marketing is trending, and now more than ever it is important for your business to be prominent in your local market.

According ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker. Harper Perennial, 

2013.

 

I first learned about this “unsolved American mystery,” when 48 Hours did a comprehensive show on the horrific discovery of four bodies wrapped in burlap sacks in 2010. The deceased were discovered on Gilgo Beach, a desolate stretch of sand that did not host excited, Sunday sun ...

Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininty, and Power

Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power by Neal Gabler. (Yale 

Univ. Press, 2016).

Stephen Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell. (Yale Univ. Press, 2017)

 

My family complains each year at holiday time that I am impossible to buy gifts for. This is true because, usually, if I want something, I purchase it myself. They ask me for lists, but even ...

The Persian Always Meows Twice

The Persian Always Meows Twice: A Cat Groomer Mystery by Eileen Watkins.        (available on Amazon).

 

        Cassie McGlone needs to start over, escape from an abusive ex-boyfriend, and establish a business of her own. An independent woman, Cassie moves to Chadwick, New Jersey (a fictional town somewhere near Morristown) ...

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s Press, 2021)

 

We can’t quibble that Kristin Hannah is one of the most respected authors on the contemporary scene. Her new book, The Four Winds, is number 1 on the New York Times Book Review. Hannah is a wonderful storyteller, who frequently uses the theme of the importance of family in our lives, which is a universal theme, ...

Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside his Cult, and the Darkness that Ended the Sixties by Dianne Lake and Deborah Herman

Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness that Ended the Sixties by Dianne Lake and Deborah Herman. (Harper Collins, 2017).

 

I am skeptical of the true crime genre because so much of it is poorly written and sells for its sensationalistic value rather than its literary worth. The only decent book that I have read about Charles Manson and ...

Lincoln of Wayne: Three Generations Build One of Nation's Top Car Dealerships

May 13, 2021

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the dealership’s unique history being a third-generation, family-owned business.

Spina’s grandfather, Gaspar Spina, started selling cars in the 1950s and established the dealership in 1962.

“Back then, the industry was very different,” Spina explained. “He worked his ...