TOP LOCAL NEWS

Metuchen Nips South Plainfield 1-0, to Win GMCT Crown

October 19, 2017

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – Metuchen’s Sarah Jeney scored the lone goal of the game and South Plainfield was unable to convert on two penalty corners as time expired as the Metuchen Bulldogs went on to defeat South Plainfield 1-0 to capture the Greater Middlesex Conference Title.

The game was a hard fought seesaw battle with Metuchen and South Plainfield both getting their equal fill of ...

South Plainfield Gymnastics Defeat Union Catholic at Senior Night Meet

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield High School Gymnastics team hosted its annual Senior Night and Think Pink Meet on Oct. 17 and vaulted to victory, edging out Union Catholic by a score of 103.95 to 92.075. The win, which marks the highest score for the Tigers this season, has the team heading into the Greater Middlesex Conference (GMC) this weekend with a 4-2 record.

“I'm ...

South Plainfield Marching Band Triumphs at Woodbridge Competition, Off To State Championships Tomorrow

October 21, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -  The South Plainfield Marching Band took Second Place out of twenty Marching Bands this past weekend at The Third Annual Barrons Classic Competition at Woodbridge High School.  The Marching Band also received awards for Best Music and Best Percussion.  With a high score of 88.04 points, the victory puts the South Plainfield Marching Band in fourth place ...

Kreation Specialties™ - Personalized Chocolate Candy Gifts for All Occasions

October 16, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Kreation Specialties™, the South Plainfield-based company featured on Food Network’s Roker on the Road show, has been providing Candy Wreaths and Candy Centerpiece Trees and Chocolate Bar Wrappers since 1994.

Owned and operated by borough residents Ray and Nancylee Komoski, their online company Kreation Specialties™ creates personalized candy ...

BOE, Borough Council Candidates to Discuss the Issues at Dual Debate Event on October 30

October 22, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The candidates for both the Board of Education and Borough Council will debate back-to-back on Monday, October 30 at the South Plainfield Senior Center, 90 Maple Ave.

The evening will start off with “Meet the Board of Education Candidates” from 6 to 7:30 p.m., hosted by TAPinto South Plainfield, followed immediately by the “Borough Council Candidates ...

John E. Riley Elementary School to Open 25 year Time Capsule Sealed in 1992

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  – For the first time in 25 years, the contents of a time capsule sealed and buried in the ground in front of the John E. Riley Elementary School will be unearthed and opened.  The event will take place at 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 20, 2017 in front of the school and all are welcome to attend.  The contents of the time capsule will be displayed ...

Chere Glover Seeking Re-Election to South Plainfield Board of Education

October 18, 2017

(Editor’s Note: Elections for the South Plainfield Board of Education will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 7. This year, seven candidates are vying for three open seats; incumbents John Farinella, Chere Glover, and Sharon Miller are seeking re-election while Keith Both, Jennifer Curtis, Pio Pennisi, and Stephanie Wolak are vying for a seat as well. TAPinto emailed all seven candidates the same ...

John Farinella Seeking Re-Election to South Plainfield Board of Education

(Editor’s Note: Elections for the South Plainfield Board of Education will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 7. This year, seven candidates are vying for three open seats; incumbents John Farinella, Chere Glover, and Sharon Miller are seeking re-election while Keith Both, Jennifer Curtis, Pio Pennisi, and Stephanie Wolak are vying for a seat as well. TAPinto emailed all seven candidates the same ...

Herbes de Provence brings a taste of France to your Garden State kitchen

October 19, 2017

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Herbes de Provence is a mixture of dried herbs typical of the Provence region of Southern France.

The standard mixture typically contains savory, fennel, basil, and thyme. Lavender flowers are often found in mixtures sold in the United States. Lavender is not found in the original French version, but as Americans associate lavender fields with Provence, liberty is taken to ...

Flanagan’s Offering New Weekly Food and Drink Specials and Private Party Options

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Flanagan’s Family Restaurant and Pub in South Plainfield is available seven days a week to host holiday as well as private parties, including birthdays, retirements, showers and other important events.

For groups of 25 or more, the restaurant offers an all-inclusive party menu comprised of a complete dinner, coffee/tea, soda and dessert for just $20 per adult ...

Fall Fertilizing Your Lawn – Time Is Running Out

October 15, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - For those homeowners who are thinking about applying fall fertilizer the window of opportunity is closing quickly.  You only have until November 15th to apply fertilizer.  This is based on the law, New Jersey Act, P.L. 2010, C.112 (C58:10A-64), signed back in January 5, 2011 by Governor Chris Christie.

The law prohibits homeowners from applying fertilizers ...

South Plainfield Elks Motorcycle Committee to Hold Swap Meet November 4th

October 20, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Elks #2298 Motorcycle Committee will hold a Motorcycle Swap Meet in November at the New Market Avenue lodge. Proceeds from the event will help the lodge continue its mission to send special needs children to Camp Moore.

The Swap Meet, planned for Saturday, November 4 (rain date November 11) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will ...

Adopt A Family For The Holidays

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - It is the time of year when the South Plainfield Social Services Department prepares for its annual “Holiday Food and Gift Project”.  This program is designed to help families within our community that may be experiencing a hardship.  We count on individuals, groups, and organizations to help us by adopting a family and providing them with food and/ or ...

Conrail: Repairs to New Brunswick Ave Railroad Crossing to Begin Tomorrow

October 22, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The New Brunswick Avenue Railroad Crossing will be closed for railway repairs beginning tomorrow. The repairs are expected to last approximately four days weather permitting. Detour signs were erected last week warning motorists of the upcoming rail crossing closure.

The New Brunswick Ave rail crossing has fallen into disrepair. During rush hour vehicles come to a ...

Elks, American Legion, Town Join Together to Offer Free American Flags to South Plainfield Residents

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Throughout the borough, more homes may soon adorn old glory thanks to an initiative made possible through donations by the South Plainfield Elks #2298 and American Legion Chaumont Post 243.  

At the Borough Council’s Oct. 16 meeting it was announced that the Elks and American Legion donated a combined $6,000 to purchase 1,000 American flags. The flags ...

Keep Orchids Beautiful and Blooming

October 8, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Lift your spirits, enliven your indoor décor or give the gift of beautiful blooming orchids.  You’ll enjoy these exotic blossoms for months with just minimal care – once you know what to do.  

Start with a healthy flowering plant.  The phalaenopsis or moth orchid is the most widely available and easiest to grow. It’s similar to ...

Last Chance to Join Interscholastic Team For 2017-18 Season

October 19, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) will be closing memberships for riders and teams for the 2017-2018 season on Nov. 1.

The Membership Office will accept any forms received via fax, scanned email attachment (no photos) or ground mail with a post mark of Nov. 1. 

Coach Memberships, Contributing/Jr. Contributing Memberships and the ...

Legislators and activists demand tougher gun laws

October 7, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Congressional representatives, local leaders and advocates gathered on the steps of New Brunswick City Hall on October 6 to make the case for more stringent, nationwide gun regulations in the midst of the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Congress members Frank Pallone and Bonnie Watson Coleman demanded action, joined by Assemblyman Reed Gusciora and area ...

Limited RV Camping Coming to Watchung Reservation for Four Centuries in a Weekend History Event

October 16, 2017

A limited number of camping slots for RV enthusiasts will be set aside in the Deserted Village during the Four Centuries In A Weekend history event under a Union County Parks trial program.

The eight slots will be created in a field in the Deserted Village located in the 2,200-acre Watchung Reservation, part of the Union County parks system. All RVs (recreational vehicles) must be ...

Riley School’s Pack 224 Welcomes Veteran Tony Torres

October 21, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -  - Wolf Den 10 of Riley School's Pack 224 had a very special guest at a recent scout meeting when Former Air Force Sergeant Tony Torres came to share his experiences in the military as well as teach the young scouts valuable lessons of patriotism. 

“We had Mr. Torres speak to our den as part of their ‘Duty To Country’ requirement,” ...

Spirit Ride Processional Begins in Piscataway; Raises Awareness for ‘Slow Down, Move Over’ Law

October 20, 2017

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Area tow truck drivers, fire fighters, police officers, and EMS operators joined in the 2017 American Towman Spirit Ride procession through Middlesex County on Wednesday, honoring the memories of first responders who lost their lives in road-side accidents while in the line of duty, and bringing awareness to New Jersey’s ‘Slow Down, Move Over’ law.

The ...

Coat Drive to be Aided by MCVTS Dry-Cleaning Students

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Students in the dry-cleaning program on the East Brunswick Campus of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools once again will prepare donated coats for distribution to the needy during a community-wide drive.

New or gently used coats collected during the drive – from Nov. 6 through Nov. 17 – will be brought to the East Brunswick Campus for ...

Not So Fast Newark; Mayor Says Somerville Ideal Home for Amazon HQ2

October 18, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and assorted state and Essex County officials will try to convince online behemoth Amazon.com to invest billions in Newark as the ideal location for its planned expansion and an east coast headquarters complex worth billions to the state and local economy.

Somerville Mayor Brian Gallagher says not so fast, suggesting ...

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South Plainfield

The Athlete of the Week: Nancy Tran Girls’ Volleyball Setter

The South Plainfield Girls’ Volleyball Team is always looking to compete against the best teams.  The Lady Tigers are continually improving as the season progresses while facing these tougher teams.  Last week the Girls’ Volleyball team shocked GMC Red Division opponent Perth Amboy.  The Panthers defeated the Lady Tigers twice in the preseason.  This was not the ...

Obituaries

South Plainfield – Christine M. (Dahms) Sanbeg, 73, passed away Monday, September 25, 2017 at ...
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South Plainfield – Louis Schuman, Jr., 81, died early Monday morning, October 2, 2017 at ...
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Letters to the Editor

Letter from Former Councilman Rusnak

October 19, 2017

Dear Editor,

As a former three term Councilman I know first hand the work and commitment it takes to serve the residents of the borough. I've watched Councilwoman Christine Faustini and Councilman Derryck White do just that. A lot of promises are made during the election season but often very few are kept. Faustini and White have kept their promises. Councilwoman Faustini's ...

Cassie Capparelli And Roberto Sayers Tell You Why They Want To Lead South Plainfield

October 19, 2017

The South Plainfield Democratic Candidates for Borough Council, Cassie Capparelli and Roberto Sayers, this week discussed the reasons why they want to serve the residents of South Plainfield as members of the Borough Council.

Cassie Capparelli stated, “As Roberto and I walk door-to-door, residents often ask us, ‘Why run for elected office and why get involved in ...

Hard Work Defines Derryck White

October 19, 2017

This week’s column is an interview with Council President Derryck White

Q: You have a reputation as being South Plainfield’s hardest working councilman. Why is that?

White: Everyone on the council works hard. I think the key is making sure that effort translates into results.  That’s accomplished by being an active participant in the community, listening and ...

Community Happenings

Cobra Baseball Tryouts Begin October 24 in South Plainfield

October 19, 2017

2018 Spring/Summer Tryouts for Cobras Baseball start Tuesday, October 24th for 14/15U at SPJBC located at 1140 Lorraine Avenue in South Plainfield.  According the their flyer, "they offer a competitive program at a competitive price.  We have little overhead costs which keeo our price affordable for you."

To become a Cobra the tryout dates are as follows -

Tuesday, ...

October is a Busy Month at South Plainfield Senior Center

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - October, with its glorious crisp air and flame colored leaves, is always an exciting time of year. At the South Plainfield Senior Center, members and guests are celebrating the season with an array of fun events. Adult coloring classes, knitting and crocheting sessions, and even a book club are scheduled for those who enjoy creative and cerebral activities. Tree Olano, ...

Upcoming Events

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Sun, October 22, 8:00 AM

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Elks To Host Breakfast for SPHS Field Hockey

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Sun, October 22, 10:00 AM

Ocean Avenue at Second and Third Avenues, Belmar

Belmar Kite Festival

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Sun, October 22, 11:00 AM

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Open House 11 Clausen Road, Edison, NJ

Real Estate

Sun, October 22, 3:00 PM

Vermeule Mansion, North Plainfield

World Cultural Music with Jesse Rivera

Arts & Entertainment

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Sat, October 28, 10:00 AM

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National Take Back Initiative on October 28th

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Sat, October 28, 7:00 PM

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Line Dancing with Silver Spurs

Columns

Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard

Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard with Lauren Zigman

(Penguin Books, 2017)

 

Cake or death? If you are a fan of the British comic/actor Eddie Izzard, you probably own a teeshirt with a blue cupcake on it with one of Izzard's signature lines from his fabulous standup routines. To see Eddie Izzard in concert is an experience in hilarity that one ...

Bookmarks

Did you miss a movie that you wanted to see in the theaters and don’t want to pay to rent it or for the DVD?  Come to “Monday Night Movies” at the library.  It’s all the fun of a movie theater but none of the cost.  We are showing brand new releases every Monday night and we will be providing popcorn for all who attend. This week’s movie stars Diane ...

South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203 presents Special Citizens Drive Check

On October 17th The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203 Grand Knight Joe McGeehan presented a $1,800 check to the Keystone Community. Each year the Knights of Columbus council raise money through their Special Citizens Drive.

Lynne Conway from the South Plainfield Keystone Community accepted the check on behalf of Director Ray Fantusi this year

The South Plainfield Knights of ...

Johnny Four Fingers Week #7 NFL Picks

ORLANDO, FL – The Four Finger man went 2-3 again. I need to get back my mojo. How the heck does Atlanta lose to Miami? I’m away in Disney this week hoping to find some magic in the Magic Kingdom. Maybe Goofy can give the Juveyman some pointers? Speaking of the Juveyman I think he needs to work or something. Each week he gives it his all, but he can never get it right. He is like ...

Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield

The Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield hosted its annual Husbands/Guests Night on October 5th at 7:00 pm at the American Legion Hall.  President Diana Cotone welcomed members and guests, thirty-two in all, and invited them to savor the wonderful covered dish supper made by the hands of the Club’s own members.

President Cotone held a brief business meeting reviewing ...

News from SPJBC

The South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club has been busy the past 6 weeks with their Annual Fall Baseball clinic for 5, 6, 7 and 8 year old players that played in C League and Tee ball last year.

Run by the South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club Board Members, Travel & Club Coaches and the following youths who played at the baseball club (Matt Cassio, Justin Culver, Nick DellaSala, Dominic ...

Press Releases

April Bengivenga to seek 18th District Assembly seat

October 20, 2017

South Plainfield :  South Plainfield resident April Bengivenga has been tapped to run for the New Jersey Assembly in the 18th District.  April Bengivenga, a resident of South Plainfield for over 40 years, is a small business owner who is not a career politician.

“I decided to run for office because I believe I can bring some common sense to Trenton” said Bengivenga.