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South Plainfield Wrestling: Tigers Crush Bishop Ahr 65-10

December 15, 2017

EDISON, NJ – The South Plainfield Tigers opened the 2017/18 season in familiar fashion going on the road and quickly dispatching Bishop Ahr 65-10. The Tigers won six matches by pin and one by a technical fall.

Below is the box score from today’s match:

South Plainfield (65) at Bishop Ahr (10)

South Plainfield (SOPL) 65.00 Bishop Ahr (BIAH) 10.00
285: Freddy Ramirez (BIAH) ...

SPHS Basketball: Lady Tigers Rally to Beat Woodbridge in Home Opener, 4-42

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Lady Tigers erupted for 27 fourth quarter points to go on and defeat Woodbridge 49-42. Alyssa Palmeri led the Tigers comeback knocking down six three point shots, and leading the Tigers with 18 points.

Woodbridge jumped out to a 19-15 first half lead behind the outstanding play of Baron guard Brooke Timinski. Timinski led all scorers with 25 ...

South Plainfield Native Antonette Hudak Heads West to Pursue Her Dreams

December 14, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The past few years have been quite exciting for South Plainfield native Antonette ‘Toni’ Hudak.

When TAPinto last spoke to Hudak, back in the fall of 2015, she was busy promoting a short play she wrote and starred in. She has performed on stage in various projects as well as worked behind the scenes on others. Most recently, Hudak, who packed her ...

Creative Kids Academy of South Plainfield Gearing up for 2018

December 8, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Creative Kids Academy (CKA) is currently giving tours for the 2018-2019 school year with registration set to begin Monday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. Located on Clinton Avenue, the preschool has spots available in its full- and half-day Pre-K program as well as its 3- and 4-year-old and 2- and 3-year-old classes. Additionally, as in the past, summer camp and ...

Through Fundraising Initiative, Kennedy School Honors Country's Fallen Heroes

December 15, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Back in October, students, parents, and staff at John F. Kennedy Elementary launched a school wide fundraising group in support of Wreaths Across America (WWA).

A national non-profit organization, WWA’s mission is to ‘to remember’ fallen U.S. veterans, ‘honor’ those who serve, and ‘teach’ children the value of freedom. Each ...

South Plainfield High School Chamber Choir Performs at Radio City Music Hall

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield’s High School Chamber Choir performed onstage at Radio City Music Hall before the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the famous Rockettes on Nov. 30th.

“It was a day to remember for the rest of our lives,”  said Dr. Donna Kregler, Director of Choral Activities for SPHS. “The view of the Music Hall was outstanding. The ...

Ring in the New Year at Southside Clam Bar & Restaurant

December 11, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in the new year with family and friends at South Plainfield's Southside Clam Bar & Restaurant.

“Overall, 2017 has been a great year for us and it is all thanks to our customers,” said Southside owner Alexis Broehl, a South Plainfield native who opened the New Market Avenue establishment earlier this year.

Austin Family Renews Adopt-A-Spot Contract

December 10, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Ms. Elizabeth Austin has renewed the Austin Family’s Adopt-A-Spot agreement with the South Plainfield Clean Business Association for the coming two years.  She and her son will continue to do monthly litter cleanups along Plainfield Avenue between Maple Avenue and the 7-11 at the corner of Sampton Avenue.

In renewing the contract, Ms. Austin noted that they ...

South Plainfield Community Gives Back During Holiday Season

December 16, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. – The holidays are a time of giving and in South Plainfield various efforts have been under way to make the season a little brighter for those in need.

“So many different people and groups stepped up this year – as they do every year - to help make the holidays a little bit brighter for our less fortunate friends and neighbors,” said South ...

Tails a Wagging as Santa & his Elf Descend on Southside Dog Park

December 17, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Santa could not have planned it any better. There were cold temperatures, a light snow covered the ground, and perfectly sunny skies, as dogs and their owners lined up to have their photos taken with Santa and his Elf. This is just wonderful, said one dog owner as she patiently waited to take the perfect photo of her dog with Santa and his Elf. Then there was ...

Tackling Addiction: 2nd Annual Anti-Drug and Alcohol Conference Held in South Plainfield

December 7, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The 2nd Annual Anti-Drug and Alcohol Conference, sponsored by the South Plainfield Mayor’s Wellness Committee and held at the senior center, took place Dec. 5. Residents had the opportunity to ask questions as well as listen to testimonies from a panel of special guest speakers, including medical and legal professionals and those with first hand ...

Senate Bill Would End NJSPCA's Powers To Enforce Animal Cruelty Laws

December 11, 2017

A bill that would remove the law enforcement powers of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) will be up for a vote on Dec. 14 before the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Bill S3558, sponsored by Senator Ray Lesniak, Democrat from Union County, would call for the creation of a county prosecutor animal cruelty task force in each county, and for ...

Hillsborough: "Santa's Elves" Assemble 1,500 Care Packages for US Troops Overseas

December 3, 2017

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Rotary Club of Hillsborough, joined by Operation Shoebox New Jersey, recruited hundreds of "elves" to help assemble 1,500 Christmas and holiday gift packages for shipment to US troops overseas during the Rotary's VI annual packing event at the Hillsborough YMCA Saturday.

"Operation Santa's Elves" received a big boost from shoppers at ACME ...

South Plainfield Resident Among Gang Members Charged In Massive Crime Spree Including Gas Station Robbery, Shooting

December 13, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK – Police charged seven “major gang” members with a series of serious crimes spanning several communities including the Oct. 15 robbery of the BP Gas Station on Route 27 where the attendant was shot and critically injured, officials announced Wednesday afternoon.

The arrest of the seven members of a major gang, came following an extensive investigation of a ...

Don't Miss These Garden State Holiday Light Delights

December 9, 2017

NEW JERSEY - There are so many fun, family-friendly holiday activities it’s hard to pack them all in. However, if you’re looking for something simple that’s a throwback to your own childhood, make time to see these fabulous light displays that really get folks in the holiday mood.

Jenkinson’s Sea of Lights - Summer isn’t the only time to hit the boardwalk in ...

Holy Savior Academy Presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

December 10, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  -  Holy Savior Academy in South Plainfield presented their fall production of Barbara Robinson’s classic story, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, on December 1st.  The cast and crew featured 65 performers from the school’s Drama Club from third through eighth grades.

“I think the kids did a fantastic job,” said Eva Tripodi, Enrichment ...

House OKs Renaming of Raritan Post Office for John Basilone

December 15, 2017

WASHINGTON - Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) has secured passage of legislation in the U.S. House that would designate the U.S. Post Office in Raritan, New Jersey, as the "Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone Post Office."

In a speech before colleagues in the House of Representatives Thursday, Lance recounted the many honors Basilone earned in service to the country and asked the House to ...

Former Rutgers student pleads guilty to involvement cyber attack which crashed internet at university

TRENTON, NJ - A former Rutgers student pleaded guilty to his involvement in a series of cyber attacks against the Rutgers University computer network, which left the internet crippled for days at a time, US Department of Justice Officials announced on December 13.

Paras Jha, 21, of Fanwood, faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, US officials announced, after he pled ...

Raritan Valley Line Suspended After Freight Train Derailment

December 8, 2017

UNION, NJ - A freight train derailed in Union at about 2:15 p.m. this afternoon. 

Preliminary details indicate that the train derailed past the Union Train Station.  According to Township of Union Business Administrator, the freight train contained 141 cars.  Eight were involved in the derailment.  Information on the contents of the freight cars is not yet ...

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South Plainfield

The Athlete of the Week: Shaun Boffard Boys’ Bowling

The South Plainfield Boys’ Bowling Team continues from their success of last season.  Coming off a Blue Division Title, and having many bowlers returning, The South Plainfield Boys’ Bowling Team has high standards for the season.  The team started off the year by defeating South River 4-0 on Friday, December 1, 2017.  The Tigers then traveled up to Bergen Catholic High ...

Obituaries

Warren – Angelo Butrico, Sr. of Warren died Saturday December 16, 2017 at Overlook Hospital ...
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Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor from Mayor's Wellness Committee

December 14, 2017

Letter To The Editor:

South Plainfield Mayor Matt Anesh and the Mayor's Wellness Committee hosted the 2nd annual Anti Drug and Alcohol Conference at the South Plainfield Senior Center on December 5, 2017.  "Dr. " Nick Sottiriou and I began contacting a panel of guest speakers, who would be able to inform the residents and guests about various ...

Community Happenings

Council Approves New Hires for Department of Public Works

December 17, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ- Mayor Matthew Anesh and Council members approved the hire of three full-time Department of Public Works (DPW) employees and one part-time employee at the December 4th Borough Council Meeting.  Sean Cullen, Joseph Pellegrino and Kevin Crilley were added to the full-time DPW roster and John Polizzano will be working on a part-time basis.  The promotion of DPW ...

Annual Toy Drive

December 18, 2017

The South Plainfield High School Athletic Booster Club and the South Plainfield Athletic Department sponsored their annual TOY DRIVE.  New unwrapped toys suitable for a holiday gift were donated and those who donated received a free pass to a winter sporting event.  The donations will be made to families in South Plainfield through the South Plainfield Social Service Department.

Holy Savior Academy Presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

December 10, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  -  Holy Savior Academy in South Plainfield presented their fall production of Barbara Robinson’s classic story, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, on December 1st.  The cast and crew featured 65 performers from the school’s Drama Club from third through eighth grades.

“I think the kids did a fantastic job,” said Eva Tripodi, Enrichment ...

Bishop James Checchio visited Holy Savior Academy

Bishop James Checchio visited Holy Savior Academy on Tuesday November 28th.  Bishop Checchio was the main celebrant of the school mass held at The Church of the Sacred Heart.  This Mass also coincided with the 8th Grade Ring Ceremony.

Bishop Checchio spoke to the students, families and friends in attendance about “Thanking God first.”  He also spoke directly to the ...

Barclay Brand Gives Back to the Community

December 17, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Each year, the Barclay Team comes together to help make a difference for local communities. In years past, we have volunteered at the Community Food Bank of NJ, donated to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (American Cancer Society) and supported Operation Homefront, in addition to contributing to other charitable groups.

This year, Barclay is helping Shirley Thompson ...

Press Release – Residential Burglary

South Plainfield Police responded to a residential burglary which occurred on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, shortly before 1:00 PM to a home on Woodland Ave.  Access was gained to the home and electronic items and jewelry were stolen.
A witness saw two black men 20's-30's dressed in all black, both wearing black hoods one carrying a large black duffel bag with red trim walking ...

Middle School National Honor Society Help to Decorate Senior Center

The Middle School Junior National Honor Society was instrumental in hanging all the beautiful decorations at the senior center.   The students set aside 3 afternoons to complete the task.

 Donna Tierney is the advisor of this amazing group of students.    The teachers took the time to walk students after school to the Senior center and supervise their ...

Columns

A Winter Saturday in South Plainfield

Dear Residents:

There is no better job than being Mayor of my hometown of South Plainfield. Last Saturday, was one of those days. I sit back and say how thankful I am, to you the residents and the town I call home.

The morning started off with breakfast with the Mayor at the South Plainfield Senior Center. I am glad I had my coffee because everyone was wide awake. There ...

Victoria and Albert: A Royal Love Affair by Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan

Victoria and Albert: A Royal Love Affair by Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan (St. Martin's Press, 2017)

Several months ago I reviewed the magnificent compendium Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin Manuel Miranda. This charming edition is a must for anyone who is planning to see the Hamilton in order to become familiarized with the libretto and prepare him/herself for an extra-ordinary ...

Bookmarks

Come join us at the library for Monday Night Movies!  On December 18 at 6:30 PM, we will be showing a new romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen, and Nat Wolff.  Witherspoon plays a single mother who allows three young men to move into her house; let the antics ensue.   If you cannot make it to our Monday night showing, it will also be shown ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Westfield's Jackie Lieberman

This week's feature will focus on TAPintoWestfield franchisee, Jackie Lieberman. Find out what makes TAPintoWestfield.net different than the competition, what she did before coming onto TAPinto.net and how an inexperienced sales person became one of TAPinto's most successful franchisee's. 

 

When did you join TAPinto.net?:

I started as a freelance reporter in 2011 ...

The Thought that Counts

The other day I was talking to our cat . . .  

Hmmm.  It says here that dogs are smarter than cats.

What are you reading, Mad Magazine?

No seriously, this article in the Times claims that a scientific study conducted at Vanderbilt University recently discovered that dogs have twice as many neurons as cats in the analytic part of their brains.

Yeah, but they only use a ...

Johnny Four Fingers Week #15 NFL Picks

CALABASH, NC – The Four Finger man went 3-2 last week. I won three out of my four dogs, but lost Cincinnati. My Baltimore was good. I picked the Ravens losing by one point. I think the smell of pork roll is helping my picks. Here are my picks for week #15.

WEEK #15 NFL PICKS

Tennessee +1 ½ Over San Francisco – The 49ers are much better than their record shows, and this ...

Suburban Woman’s Club Rings in the Holidays!

The Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield began celebrating the holiday season on December 3rd with its annual Theater Party at the Historical Edison Valley Playhouse.  At a sold-out performance, the audience was treated to “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” a delightful and heartwarming musical.

Continuing with the holiday spirit, the Club donated to ...

Press Releases

Come home for Christmas

December 17, 2017

Something tugging at your heart this Christmas? Looking for something and can't quite figure out what it is? Maybe the something is a someone. Is it Jesus you are missing? Come home to Sacred Heart this Christmas and find the love, peace and fulfillment that only Christ can offer.

Christmas Eve, Sunday Dec. 24 Masses 5 pm and Midnight. Christmas Day Monday, Dec. 25 Masses 9 am and 11:30 ...