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Born Tallies Two Goals as South Plainfield Advances in GMCT 3-0

October 17, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield’s Chris Born scored twice and added an assist as the South Plainfield Tigers defeated the J.P. Stevens Hawks 3-0. The victory advances South Plainfield to the first round of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament.

“When we play simple and do the things we normally do we play well,” said South Plainfield head coach Anthony ...

South Plainfield Field Hockey: Tigers Fall in GMCT Semi’s to Old Bridge 3-2

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Old Bridge’s Abigail Zimmerlink scored twice and teammate Mikayla Van Horn added a goal as Old Bridge defeated the Lady Tigers 3-2. The victory advances Old Bridge to the GMCT finals against top ranked Metuchen.

Old Bridge control much of the day’s offense rifling 10 shots on goal to South Plainfield’s five. South Plainfield and Old Bridge split ...

South Plainfield Library Presents: The Sixties: A British Invasion

October 16, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield Public Library welcomes back Vincent Bruno who will present The Sixties: A British Invasion on Saturday October 27 at 1pm The lecture will focus on the phenomenon rise of the British pop and rock acts that invaded our shores in the 60’s.  From pop groups (The Beatles, The Dave Clark 5, The Animals, The Kinks) to the psychedelic and ...

Dollar General Opens for Business in South Plainfield

October 13, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  - Dollar General has opened its doors in South Plainfield at their newest location, 138 South Plainfield Avenue.  The store prides itself on providing value to customers as a general store that carries high-quality, frequently used products at a lower price than traditional grocery stores.

“We’re really excited to be open,” said Manager of the ...

South Plainfield Gymnastics Take Senior Think Pink Meet

October 12, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield High School Gymnastics team vaulted to victory Tuesday night, edging out Jonathan Dayton High School to win their annual Senior Night and Think Pink Meet. 

South Plainfield achieved their highest score of the season, taking the Oct. 9 meet by a score of 103.45 to 99.275 over their Springfield rivals. The win brings the Lady Tigers to 3-2 on ...

South Plainfield Celebrates Columbus Day 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – At a council meeting earlier this month, South Plainfield Mayor Matt Anesh proclaimed October 2018 as Italian Heritage Month in the borough and, on Monday morning, borough residents, local dignitaries, community organization representatives, and members of the Plainfield’s Chapter of UNCIO came together to celebrate Columbus Day 2018. The Oct. 8 event, ...

“Eat Mor Chikin” Chick-fil-A Coming to South Plainfield

October 16, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Zoning Board unanimously approved an application for Chick-fil-A to move to Middlesex Mall. Chick-fil-A will knock down the former Wells Fargo Bank located at the corner of Hadley Road and Stelton Road and build a new 5,000 sq ft state of the art facility. The facility which is expected to open next summer will included a double drive ...

South Plainfield Green Team Announces Sustainable Community Contests

October 6, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Green Team is looking for students in fifth through 12th grade to come up with ideas on how to make the borough a more sustainable community. 

According to the Institute for a Sustainable Community (https://www.iscvt.org), a sustainable community is one that is ‘economically, environmentally, and socially healthy and resilient’ ...

Flag Pole Dedicated to Keystone Community Living, Inc.

October 11, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A new flag pole was installed and dedicated to the residents and staff of Keystone Community Living, Inc. on Sunday, October 7th.

The flag pole, new landscaping and shrubbery were dedicated as part of a community service project that was led and completed by Ryan Carey with support from local Boy Scout Troop 309.  The project was proposed to Keystone Community ...

15th Annual Buddy Walk Raises Funds for, Awareness of Down Syndrome

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The 15th Annual Buddy Walk of South Plainfield took place this past weekend at Putnam Park. Organized by borough residents Michelle and Keith Both, the family-friendly event not only promoted awareness and inclusion of people with Down syndrome but also raised money for research and education programs. 

This year’s walk, held on Oct. 6, saw 28 teams and ...

South Plainfield Library Holds Third Annual Fall Festival

October 17, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -  Rainy skies did not deter the community from coming out in droves for the South Plainfield Library’s Third Annual Fall Festival on October 13th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library, located at 2484 Plainfield Avenue.  The event was free and featured pumpkin decorating, games, crafts, treats, prizes, temporary tattoos, photo ops, snacks, and more.  The ...

Domestic Violence Response Team Holds 4th Annual Candlelight Vigil

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A large and dedicated group of South Plainfield residents and members of South Plainfield’s Domestic Violence Response Team (SPDVRT), held their fourth annual Candlelight vigil at Spring Lake Park. The event which included a candlelight walk around Spring Lake Park was to show support for the victims of domestic violence and to bring awareness of domestic ...

Mayor Matthew Anesh Proclaims October 2018 Dyslexia Awareness Month

October 18, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - During October 15th’s Council Meeting, Mayor Matthew Anesh officially proclaimed October 2018 as Dyslexia Awareness Month.

Anesh requested that the achievements of those afflicted with dyslexia, a language-based learning disability that causes difficulties with reading, writing, spelling and word pronunciation, are to be acknowledged by citizens of the community ...

Plan and Plant this Fall for Three Months of Spring Color

October 17, 2018

It’s time to think spring and get busy planning and planting for months of colorful blooms.

The key to getting a continuous parade of spring flowers is to plant bulbs that bloom at different times. Include some early, mid and late spring bloomers. You’ll enjoy the burst of color and sustained beauty that spring-flowering bulbs can provide.

Enlist some help in planning your ...

Atlantic League Honors Patriots' Patrick McVerry as Top Exec

October 16, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball has named Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerrythe 2018 Joe Klein Executive of the Year.

The Somerset Patriots also received the Ken Shepard Award For Promotional Excellence for the second consecutive season.

McVerry oversaw the Somerset Patriots’ 20th Season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018, where the ...

Patriots'Shorstop, Pitcher Named Post-Season Atlantic League All-Stars

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball announced Tuesday that shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez and relief pitcher Mike Antonini have been named to the 2018 Post-Season All-Star Team.

Rodriguez earns this selection after completing his second season with the Somerset Patriots. The everyday starting shortstop led the Patriots in games played (122), at-bats (432), hits ...

Hundreds Honor Vice Principal Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash

October 15, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Several hundred people filled the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens today at the funeral service for New Brunswick Vice Principal Tyrone Harrison, who was struck by a car and killed.

"I know this is tough for all of us," Harrison's brother, Shawn, told the people who filled the pews. "Yet, you look around this church. Everyone here Tyrone ...

Vermeule Mansion Announces Schedule for Free Journey Through the Past Event, Oct 13-14

October 6, 2018

The Vermeule Mansion announces their schedule of activities for the annual Weekend Journey Through the Past, a FREE event sponsored by the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission.  Vermeule Mansion is one of approximately 30 sites participating in the event on Saturday, Oct 13th, 10-5 pm and Sunday, Oct 14th noon-4 pm. 

The Friends of Vermeule Mansion volunteers have ...

Warren, Watchung and Long Hill Men Arraigned in $4 Million Mortgage Fraud Case, US Attorney Says

October 4, 2018

TRENTON, NJ - A Warren real estate investor, a Watchung builder, and a Millington real estate settlement attorney were arraigned Wednesday on multiple charges in connection with their alleged roles in a mortgage fraud scheme using “straw buyers” to fraudulently obtain mortgage loans from a bank , U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. 

Victor Santos, a/k/a ...

Volunteers Step-Off Against Domestic Violence

October 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Approximately 1.5 million women are raped or physically abused nationwide each year, according to the Center for Disease Control data on domestic violence.

Both men and women annually become victims of the violence or abuse inflicted by family members or intimate partners such as a spouse, former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend, or date, ...

Community Unites to Provide Winter Coats for the Needy

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - New or like-new winter coats (excluding leather and suede) will be collected from Nov. 5 through Nov. 15 at East Brunswick Township offices and other locations.

The collection hours at the township municipal complex, 1 Jean Walling Civic Center Drive, will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at the Recreation and Parks Department, 344 Dunhams Corner Road, Monday ...

NJDOT Unveils Route 206 Widening Project in Hillsborough

October 16, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A one-mile stretch of Route 206 between Valley Road and Brown Avenue has been targeted by the state Department of Transportation for a major overhaul that will widen the congested two-lane highway to four lanes, with construction scheduled to begin in 2022.

The improvements to Route 206 being proposed by the NJDOT are the final pieces of a comprehensive plan to widen and ...

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South Plainfield

The Athlete of the Week: Ashwin deGroot Football Running Back/Safety/Kicker

The South Plainfield Football team had one of the programs most historic wins last Friday.  The Tigers knocked off defending State Champions North Hunterdon.  South Plainfield was able to win a close 15-14 hard fought overtime victory.  This brought the Tigers record to 3-2 on the season.  South Plainfield was led by Junior Ashwin deGroot.  Ashwin has been an important ...

The Athlete of the Week: Lynda Farinella Girls’ Field Hockey Midfielder

The South Plainfield Field Hockey Team is once again having a very competitive season.  The Lady tigers are currently 7-3 on the season.  During this past week, South Plainfield went 3-0 winning twice over GMC rival East Brunswick and defeating Piscataway 1-0.   Much of their success is due to the play of senior captain Lynda Farinella.

On the season, Lynda  has one ...

Obituaries

Keyport – Margaret F. Ward, 86, died Tuesday October 16, 2018 at home. Born in Ireland, ...
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Letters to the Editor

Resident Asking For Help

October 18, 2018

Diane Moore Pender and her children can be seen at multiple Borough events, lending support and volunteerism.  Diane and her family are in a tremendous life changing status and desperately needs help.  She is without water and just had her electricity turned on.  She is presently in jeopardy  of loosing her home.  Please, if there is any way that our residents can help ...

Anesh, Bengivenga & Wolak: Getting it done, Versus Democrats Failed Attendance Record

October 18, 2018

Mayor Matt Anesh, Council President Rob Bengivenga, and Councilman Joe Wolak, this week discuss the Democrats failed attendance record and how there is a stark contrast between the two teams.

“It is amazing that Democrat candidates Doyon, Keefe and Zwerko have never even attempted to apply for a borough committee, board or commission and at the same time criticize those who volunteer.

Democrats Ask…How Are We Going To Deal With Hundreds Of New Students, Increased Traffic, And Demands On Our Emergency Services Resulting From Overdevelopment?

October 18, 2018

Democratic candidate for Mayor Sandy Doyon challenges the current Republican administration to disclose their plan for dealing with the effects of overdevelopment.   “Approximately 400 housing units were approved by the Mayor and council on the former Motorola site on Durham Avenue.   In addition, the area bordered by Front Street and Hamilton Boulevard could potentially ...

Community Happenings

Mayoral, Council Candidates To Debate Issues October 24

October 10, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -South Plainfield candidates for mayor and borough council will debate on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the South Plainfield Senior Center, 90 Maple Ave.

The debate is co-sponsored by the South Plainfield Business Association and the South Plainfield Observer.

Candidates running for a four-year term as mayor are Republican incumbent Matt Anesh and first-time candidate ...

Meeting with Congressman Pallone

October 17, 2018

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., United States Representative for New Jersey 6th Congressional District, has been serving since 1988.  Debbie Boyle, Middlesex County School Board President and Christopher Jones, New Jersey State School Boards Legislative Advocate,  met with Congressman Pallone in his Long Branch Office on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.  Guests included in the ...

Calling All Vendors- Flea Market - Saturday, October 20th

October 15, 2018

Vendors Wanted for Flea Market on Saturday, October 20, 2018.  The Flea Market will be at the South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club's Parking Lot located at 1140 Lorraine Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ 07080 from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm (Vendor set up at 7:30 am)

Cost is $25.00 for 10x10 space (Must Bring Your Own Table) **Vendors are responsible for removal of all debris**

Plenty of FREE ...

Upcoming Events

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Fri, October 19, 7:00 PM

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Eat, Drink & Paint

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Sat, October 20, 8:00 AM

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Flea Market - Vendor Show

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Sat, October 20, 8:15 AM

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ELKS SOCCER SHOOT “IT’S A KICK!”

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Sat, October 20, 10:00 AM

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Fall Spectacular - Saturday, October 20, 2018

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Sat, October 20, 10:00 AM

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Mayor's Wellness Health and Fitness Fair

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Sat, October 20, 7:00 PM

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Beefsteak Dinner Sponsored by SPHS Tiger Baseball

Columns

DIEGNAN: NJ TRANSIT AUDIT SHOWS NEED FOR STRONG REFORM LEGISLATION

South Plainfield -- Senator Patrick Diegnan said that the findings of the NJ Transit audit confirm the need for passage of comprehensive reform legislation to make NJ Transit more responsive, transparent and accountable to the hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans who ride their trains and buses every day.

Senator Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Assemblyman McKeon (D-Middlesex), the sponsors of NJ ...

Chick-fil-A to Open at Middlesex Mall

South Plainfield– Last night the Borough Zoning Board granted an approval for Chick-fil-A to move into Middlesex Mall. The approval clears the way for a 5,000 square foot building including a drive thru to be built at the corner of Stelton Road and Hadley Road.

“This will be a welcomed addition to South Plainfield,” said Mayor Matt Anesh. “Economic Development Chairman ...

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (Anchor Books, 2013)

 

Crazy Rich _________________. Fill in the blank with almost any ethnicity on the face of the earth, and the story will probably be similar from culture to culture. At the economic apex of every society one can expect to have the wealthiest, most self-indulgent, controlling people. When taken from that point of view, even though ...

Bookmarks

Halloween is coming – are you getting scared?  If you’re frightened you won’t find the right costume or create the best decorations, have no fear.  Your library will help you!  If it’s ghosts you’re afraid of—watch Ghostbusters. We’ve got both the Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy versions.

Whether you want to make a costume for children ...

Knights of Columbus Fall Mums Sale

The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203 have been hard at work with one of their biggest fundraisers of the year. The Knights of Columbus Fall Mums Sale.

This fundraiser was started 15 years ago by Gerry Butrico and this year $3,200 was raised from this year’s mum’s sale which goes to the Knights Charity Fund. One of the Knights of Columbus's principles is ...

Suburban Woman’s Club Hosts Annual Husbands/Guests Dinner

On October 4th forty Suburban Woman’s Club members and their guests celebrated the fall season with their annual Husbands/Guests dinner at the American Legion Hall in South Plainfield.   Husbands and guests were delighted with the delicious dishes and desserts offered by members and were entertained with music of the 70s, 80s and 90s thanks to The World of Rock Trio.  ...

Press Releases

Statewide Conference will Convene over 550 Leaders from Non-Profits, Business and Philanthropy

October 16, 2018

The Center for Non-Profits, New Jersey’s umbrella organization for the charitable community will convene over 550 attendees for the largest annual gathering of non-profit leaders and allies, at its 2018 New Jersey Non-Profit Conference, Raising the Voices of Our Communities, Wednesday, December 5 at The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, New Jersey.

This ...

Autumn Air Conditioner Tune-Ups Just Make Sense

Last time we checked, it was barely the beginning of summer, and now it’s already autumn. How did your air conditioner hold up over the past few months? 

If you skipped having your system maintained in the spring or summer, it’s important make sure it’s still in good shape now so you can stay comfortable next season.

The number one cause of air conditioning and ...

Third Annual Lincoln of Wayne Car and Bike Show Raises Money For First Responders

October 10, 2018

WAYNE, NJ - The third-annual Lincoln of Wayne Black Label Car & Bike show raised money for first responders including the Wayne Fire Department, Wayne EMS and the Wayne PBA.

"Every event we put on over the course of the year is always a fundraiser, so today we raise money for the community that supports us all year long.. that's our first responders," said Lincoln of Wayne ...