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On the Hook in Sandy Hook

August 27, 2016

HIGHLANDS, NJ – Sharon Pisano caught this fluke while fishing near Sandy Hook. The fluke did not violate the “Do Not Knock” ordinance. Sharon reeled him in while in her boat. He was quickly put on ice and took the trip back to South Plainfield. Luckily for Sharon and family they didn’t need to stop at Off The Hook after catching this keeper.

Bayonne Bridge to Close This Weekend

BAYONNE, NJ – The Bayonne Bridge will close this weekend due to ongoing construction, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey announced.

The bridge will close from 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 until 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 to accommodate work for the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance project, which will raise the span’s roadway 64 feet to allow taller ships to pass ...

Making the Labor Day Picnic a Litter-Free Event

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield is in its thirtieth year as a New Jersey Clean Communities town.  To celebrate this milestone, the Clean Communities Advisory Board is developing a new program, the “Litter-Free Event.”  This program has been used successfully in Morris and Union counties.

A Litter-Free Event is a public gathering that leaves the venue as clean as ...

South Plainfield Public Library presents Enigma and Code-breaking in World War II

August 22, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Saturday, September 10th at 1:30pm, the South Plainfield Public Library will present “Enigma and Code-breaking in World War II”.  The enthralling movie The Imitation Game brought to light Alan Turing’s deciphering machine, Enigma.  The Enigma Machine, a code-breaking device used by British intelligence during World War II, provided significant ...

Georgeann Cochrane and Dominic Demico Sr. Named Honorary Grand Marshals of South Plainfield’s 2016 Labor Day Parade

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield will host its 59th annual Labor Day Parade on Monday, Sept. 5 and the Public Celebrations Committee announced last week that Georgeann Cochrane and Dominic Demico, Sr., will serve as co-Honorary Grand Marshal for 2016.

Cochrane, who was nominated by her daughter Georgeann Larsen, and Demico, who was nominated by his daughter Rosanne Demico-Ilardo, ...

South Plainfield’s Robert Breslau Designs Custom Jackets for DJs Ken Dashow and Jim Kerr

August 23, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield resident Robert Breslau, owner of Prestige Customwear, recently has the opportunity to design custom jackets with unique and rock-star inspired linings specifically for Ken Dashow and Jim Kerr, disc jockey’s at New York City’s WAXQ classic rock station Q104.3 FM.

While both Kerr and Dashow worked closely with Breslau to select the ...

Jo-Ann’s Dance Studio is Now Open for Fall 2016 Registration

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - In-person registration for the fall 2016 semester at Jo-Ann's Dance Studio - The Performing Arts Centre on South Clinton Avenue began on August 15th.

Jo-Ann Faulkner began teaching dance in South Plainfield 39 years ago and today Jo-Ann’s Dance Studio offers classes in every form of dance from beginner through advanced for children age 3 through ...

Results of PARCC Teacher Survey Reveal Discontent, Distrust

August 18, 2016

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Though the results are pretty much as expected, the data gleaned from a Spring 2016 survey of 1,285 teachers in a dozen Middlesex County districts reveals that 60% of students, parents, and teachers showed a high level of stress and anxiety caused by the PARCC assessments.

At a Press conference in the Heldrich Hotel last week, State Senator Patrick J. Diegnan (D) ...

Dr. Noreen Lishak, South Plainfield's New Superintendent

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – It’s been a little over six weeks since Dr. Noreen Lishak officially took over the role of superintendent of South Plainfield Schools and, in that short time, the district’s new head administrator has been busy meeting with building administrators, district academic supervisors, analyzing curriculum, and evaluating facilities. Dr. Lishak recently sat ...

McDonald's Recalls 'Happy Meal' Toy

August 24, 2016

OAKBROOK ILL. - McDonald’s is recalling the Step-iT activity wristband, a child’s toy that was part a recent Happy Meal promotion at the restaurants.

The toy was offered between Aug. 9 and Aug. 17. That’s according to a notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

McDonald’s has received more than 70 reports of incidents, including seven reports of blisters, ...

Kids Eat Free and $1 Short Stack Day at Participating IHOP Restaurants

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Kids Eat Free at IHOP Restaurants promotion is back, described as the “dinner deal that families love.” Every night through Sept. 25, kids 12 and under eat free with the purchase of each adult entrée from 4-10 p.m. at participating restaurants.

“We know that families are looking to soak up the final days of summer together and what ...

On the Hook in Sandy Hook

August 27, 2016

HIGHLANDS, NJ – Sharon Pisano caught this fluke while fishing near Sandy Hook. The fluke did not violate the “Do Not Knock” ordinance. Sharon reeled him in while in her boat. He was quickly put on ice and took the trip back to South Plainfield. Luckily for Sharon and family they didn’t need to stop at Off The Hook after catching this keeper.

Making the Labor Day Picnic a Litter-Free Event

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield is in its thirtieth year as a New Jersey Clean Communities town.  To celebrate this milestone, the Clean Communities Advisory Board is developing a new program, the “Litter-Free Event.”  This program has been used successfully in Morris and Union counties.

A Litter-Free Event is a public gathering that leaves the venue as clean as ...

POW/MIA Vigil to take Place in Metuchen Memorial Park

August 26, 2016

METUCHEN, NJ - There will be a POW/MIA Vigil on September 16th and 17th at the Metuchen Memorial Park located on Essex Avenue in Metuchen, NJ.  The vigil will continue for 24 straight hours. The vigil will start at 12 noon on Friday, September 16th. There will be an hourly candle lighting in remembrance of those that are still unaccounted for.

All veterans who served on active duty at any ...

South Plainfield’s Parade Route Lined in a 'Sea of Blue’

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Take a drive or a walk along Maple and Plainfield avenues and you will be ‘sea’ing blue.

On Aug. 15, members of the South Plainfield High School Junior Varsity and Varsity Fall Cheer Team braved the hot and humid temperatures to expand the borough’s ‘Sea of Blue Ribbon’ campaign in time for Labor Day.

Through the ‘Sea of Blue ...

South Plainfield to Host 59th Annual Labor Day Parade

August 25, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield’s 59th annual Labor Day Parade – one of the oldest and best attended in the state – will take place on Monday, Sept. 5. The theme of this year’s parade is ’90 Years of Red Carpet - Movies, Music, Theater.’

The day's festivities will begin with the 26th Annual 5K Race and 1.5-Mile Family Fun Fitness ...

Diegnan to Participate in the Back to School Program to Educate Youth About Civics

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - In order to impart a greater understanding of the legislative process and civics among the school children, State Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. will be participating in the “Back to School Program” sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures during the months of September and October.

 

“I appreciate the opportunity to go to our ...

Twin City, Today’s Modern Pharmacy With Old Fashioned Values

August 24, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical on Park Avenue has been serving the community since 1972. Started by Tom Cassio and his late brother Ralph, Twin City has been run for the past eight years by Tom’s son Tommy Cassio, Ralph’s daughter Sandy Cassio and her brother-in-law Bill Ashnault, who also happens to be pharmacist-at-large. All three are South ...

County Officials Take Preventive Steps to Protect Residents from Zika Virus

Middlesex County is continuing its efforts to prevent the spread of and protect residents from the Zika virus. The County’s Mosquito Extermination Commission is working closely with the Middlesex County Department of Public Safety and Health and its Health Office to educate and protect the public.

Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios said: “Middlesex County officials are committed to ...

Master Gardener Program Announces New Classes for 2016-2017

August 20, 2016

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ -- A new season of Master Gardener classes will be starting soon at the Middlesex County EARTH Center in Davidson Mill Pond Park, located at 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is offering both daytime and evening sessions for this program. Orientation (attendance is optional) will be on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. for ...

Patti Construction – Experts in Residential and Commercial Masonry

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Patti Construction, LLC, owned and operated by Jimmy Patti of South Plainfield, specializes in decorative and restorative commercial and residential brick and block services throughout the state.

“We have a solid reputation for providing residential and commercial masonry services and our strict standards and unwavering work ethic are part of what make ...

Grand Jury Indicts Former South Plainfield Teacher John Q. Angeline on Two Additional Charges

August 15, 2016

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A Middlesex County grand jury has indicted former South Plainfield High School English teacher John Q. Angeline on two additional criminal charges.

Angeline, who was arrested and charged on March 2, 2015 for sexually assaulting a boy for nearly three years, was indicted on Sept. 1, 2015 for aggravated criminal sexual contact, criminal sexual contact, sexual ...

Two South Plainfield Residents Indicted in “Operation Busted Script”

August 16, 2016

TRENTON – Two South Plainfield residents were among eight individuals that were indicted today by a state grand jury on charges that they operated a drug ring that illegally distributed tens of thousands of high-dose pills of the addictive painkiller oxycodone. According to Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino Dr. George Beecher, 75, of New Providence, the doctor, who practiced in ...

South Plainfield’s ‘Sea of Blue Ribbon’ Campaign Receives Unwavering Support

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – It’s been a little less than two weeks since the ‘Sea of Blue Ribbon’ campaign launched in South Plainfield and, in that short period of time, Mohn’s Flowers & Fancy Foods on Plainfield Avenue has made over 800 bows out of bright blue ribbon and raised over $1,500 for the South Plainfield Police Department. Additionally, the flower shop ...

South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Installation of Officers

August 21, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus, Council #6203 held their installation of officers for the 2016-2017 Columbian year on Tuesday August 16th at the Knights of Columbus Hall. The Installation of Officers ceremony was run by Past Grand Knight Joe Scrudato and Father John Paul Alvarado of Sacred Heart Church  

The 2016-2017 Knights of Columbus Officers ...

SPHS Football to Host Left-Center-Right Tournament

August 22, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield High School Football Team will be hosting a fundraiser on September 10th 2016 at 7:00pm at the Italian American Club, located at 1001 Garibaldi Avenue in South Plainfield. The evening will be a night of Left-Center-Right. No, this has nothing to do with Coach Cassio’s offensive line positions. Left-Center-Right is a dice game that matches ...

South Plainfield’s Championship 8U Baseball Team Recognized by Borough Council for History-Making Season

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – This summer, a group of elementary school baseball players became the first South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club (SPJBC) team to win a Cal Ripken State Title Championship and, earlier this week, the 8 and Under (8U) team’s history-making season was recognized. Family and friends gathered at Borough Hall on Aug. 15 as the as players and coaches were honored by ...

Bayonne Bridge to Close This Weekend

August 26, 2016

BAYONNE, NJ – The Bayonne Bridge will close this weekend due to ongoing construction, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey announced.

The bridge will close from 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 until 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 to accommodate work for the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance project, which will raise the span’s roadway 64 feet to allow taller ships to pass ...

A New York State of Mind in Clark, New Jersey

CLARK, NJ – You may be right! I may be crazy! But “we didn’t start the fire.”  Swing by Oak Ridge Park on Wednesday night, Aug. 24, as Union County finishes off its 2016 Summer Arts Festival concert series with New York State of Mind, a Billy Joel tribute band.

“We wrap up another exciting summer of entertainment in our parks with a fabulous performance ...

KEANSBURG on the Bayshore of New Jersey for a Delightful Day Trip

KEANSBURG, NJ.  Summer fun is ready and waiting for you at Keansburg Amusement Park, located in the heart of the New Jersey bayshore.

The venue includes a great waterpark, rides for all ages, games and tempting food choices.   With just a few weeks remaining in the summer season, Keansburg is a fantastic destination for families, couples and many more.  

Start your day at ...

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South Plainfield Resident Tom Egan Moves to Salon 212 in Metuchen

August 25, 2016

METUCHEN, NJ - South Plainfield resident and long time hairstylist Tom Egan has moved to a nearby location, Salon 212, located at 214 Main St., Metuchen. Tom is well-known to South Plainfield customers after being a stylist for nearly 28 years at The Brush Stop in the boro and then 10 years at All About U salon in Metuchen.  Tom would be excited to have your support of his new endeavor and ...

Milestones

Laura Biggs Earns Degree from Coastal Carolina University

August 8, 2016

CONWAY, SC -- Laura Biggs, of South Plainfield, NJ, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration during commencement exercises Aug. 5, 2016, at Coastal Carolina University.

Biggs was among 360 candidates for graduation at the HTC Student Recreation and Convocation Center on campus.

Speaker Robert Young congratulated the class for being the 'first CCU students ever to ...

Obituaries

John Louis Rutowski III, 61

August 25, 2016

John Louis Rutowski III, 61, beloved father and brother, passed away on Sunday, August 21 at 1:51pm at JFK Medical Center due to medical complications. He was surrounded by family at the time of his passing.

John was born on February 23, 1955 at 7:26pm at Jersey City Medical Center. He was the second child and first son of John Louis Rutowski, Jr.

Marge Ackerman Thanks Community

August 23, 2016

Dear Editor

It is with sincere thanks that I acknowledge the generosity of our community.  The call out for food to replenish the community food pantry through the South Plainfield Social Services Department has been and continues to be one of the most successful food drives ever held. 

We are a year round pantry who services the least fortunate of our community.  The ...

SPHS Volleyball Team Digs up Paint Night Fundraiser

August 22, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Volleyball Team will be hosting a Paint Night fundraiser. The fundraiser, which will be held on September 15th at 7:00pm, is an adult’s only event at Joe’s Crab Shack located in South Plainfield’s Hadley Mall. Tickets for the event are $45.00 and they can be purchased at Here's to Us at Joe's Crab Shack- South Plainfield ...

Board of Education Asking for Public Input on Proposed Referendum

August 8, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Board of Education invites the residents of South Plainfield and South Plainfield based organizations to provide input on proposed capital improvements for consideration by the Board for the upcoming referendum.  The South Plainfield School District is requesting that the residents and organizations of South Plainfield provide input regarding ...

South Plainfield Elks 2nd Annual Basket Auction

August 24, 2016

To Benefit The Bob & Antoinette Eckenstein Vocational Scholarship Fund

The South Plainfield Elks will hold their 2nd Annual Basket Auction on Friday, September 23, 2016. The auction will be held at the South Plainfield Senior Center, located at 90 Maple Avenue, South Plainfield.  Doors will open at 6:00 pm and the auction will start at promptly 7:30 pm. Admission is $10 ...

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You might be feeling a bit depressed now.  Summer, as we usually perceive it, is nearly over.  Soon, vacation time will wind down, school will be back in session, and autumn will arrive.  (Crud, I’m starting to depress myself a bit.)  Well, how’s about coming over to South Plainfield Library to get your mind off these things.  Here’s what’s going ...

Affidavit of Merit-Required in a Medical Malpractice Case

The practice of medicine requires great skill and training as it has a direct and sometimes profound effect on the lives of patients.  When that effect is a positive one, everyone is happy.  However, the negative effects of poor or careless medicine has profound consequences yet it often goes unreported or uncompensated. The cases are serious and require specialists with experience in ...

Swimsuit by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Swimsuit by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Grand Central Publishing, 2009)

James Patterson novels serve a purpose; they are mindless, fun thrillers that keep the reader awake all night racing through two page chapters at the speed of light. After spending a couple of weeks plowing through a lengthy tome, Patterson and co-author of the moment (in this case Maxine Paetro) provide escapism ...

South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Present Checks from Fish Dinners

The South Plainfield Knight of Columbus #6203 held their very successful 2016 Sacred Heart Lenten Fish Dinners in February and March. The Knights made $8,500 profit from the 6 weeks the fish diners ran.

On Tuesday August 16th The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus handed out the proceeds from these Fish Dinners. Grand Knight Joe McGeehan presented Father John Alvarado from Sacred Heart ...

Do you drive drowsy? Drowsy driving may cause up to 1 in 5 fatal accidents.

A report released last week from the Governors Highway Safety Association (an organization of state and territorial highway safety offices) estimates that up to 20% of fatal traffic accidents result from drowsy driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has added drowsy driving to its definition of impaired driving along with drunk, drugged and distracted ...

Diegnan Participates in Zika Virus Awareness Campaign

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – This past week Senator Patrick J. Diegnan (D-18) joined several New Jersey public officials including Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) to discuss the Zika virus and the urgency of Congressional Republicans to fund efforts to combat its spread.
 

“Although there is minimal threat of infection in our immediate ...

Dunellen School Board President Arrested on Child Porn Charges

August 23, 2016

TRENTON – Dunellen Board of Education President Phillip Heiney shared over the Internet pornographic videos featuring adult men involved in sex acts with young girls, including one bound in rope, according to authorities, who announced his arrest today.

Heiney, 67, used a file-sharing network to distribute the illegal images, said state Attorney General Christopher Porrino.  He was ...

Marina's Mission: Local EMT Heading to Louisiana to Aid Flood Victims

August 26, 2016

STAFFORD, NJ - In the wake of the Louisiana flood that occured just two weeks ago, a local EMT wants to make it "her mission" to aid those victims in this sudden crisis.

Southern Regional Class of 2013 graduate, Marina Milia, is the local EMT traveling to the Golf Coast and leading a convoy to help her hand out the donations to the families ...