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South Plainfield Rec/Middle School Wrestling Update

November 30, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Youth Wrestling season was in full swing over the past few weeks.  Some of the young Tigers kicked the season off by participating in the Annual Voorhees Turkey Day Tournament. Justus Niemeyer took home the gold medal. Aidan Kaplan took home the silver, while Ryan Balent and Adam Bowles took home the Bronze.  Nikash Patel and Joe Celantano ...

South Plainfield’s Raymond Jazikoff Named UAA Athlete of the Week

NEW YORK, NY – South Plainfield resident and New York University student athlete Raymond Jazikoff was named University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week on Monday, November 21. Jazikoff a 157-pound wrestler has started his junior season with a bang.

Jazikoff was NYU's top finisher at the New York State Collegiate Duals hosted by Cornell University on Sunday, November 20, ...

South Plainfield Author and History Expert Dr. Richard Veit to Hold Book Discussion December 4

December 2, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Author and lifelong South Plainfield resident Richard Veit, Ph.D., will discuss his new book Envisioning New Jersey – An Illustrated History of the Garden State at the South Plainfield Public Library on Sunday, Dec. 4.

The discussion, which is being sponsored by the South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission, will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the ...

Cupcake Wars at The South Plainfield Public Library

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - This past Tuesday, children 11 and older competed in the first ever Cupcake Wars at the South Plainfield Public Library. There was a total of 9 teams with 4 children on each team. Some of the groups came up with team names: Vicious and Delicious, Dream Puffs, the Mob of Darkness, and Girl Power. Each team was given 4 cupcakes and various candy and cookies to decorate them ...

John J. Nazzaro D.M.D. Earns Implant Dentistry Fellowships

November 28, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Advanced Family Dentistry of South Plainfield, run by John Nazzaro, D.M.D. and his associate Heather Platt, D.M.D., practice general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry for adults and children. The office, located at 133 South Plainfield Avenue, also has a strong focus on implant and geriatric dentistry with Dr. Nazzaro completing fellowships from both the ...

All Season Sports Academy Offering Weekly Evening Yoga Classes

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – All Season Sports Academy, located on Hamilton Boulevard in South Plainfield, is open seven days a week and offers a variety of individual and team options. Additionally, beginning in December, weekly yoga classes for all skill levels will be held.

Yoga classes led by Kara Unal will be held at All Season Sports Academy every Wednesday beginning Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m.

South Plainfield High School’s Model UN Academic Club

December 2, 2016

(Editor's Note: Mackenzie Hall is a sophomore at South Plainfield High School and an intern for TAPinto South Plainfield.) 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield High School’s (SPHS) Model United Nations (UN) was established in 2006 by history teacher Miten Shah and, over the past decade, has grown from just 15 students to 60 students. An academic club open to all ...

At South Plainfield High School, Students Are 'Passionately Pink'

(Editor's Note: Tista Roy is a senior at South Plainfield High School and an intern for TAPinto South Plainfield.) 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Many high schools choose to honor those affected by breast cancer by asking students to wear pink at football games, or adding pink accents to cheerleading and football uniforms. At South Plainfield High School (SPHS), awareness is ...

Cookie-Palooza: Nanaimo Bars

December 2, 2016

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Bar cookies are great for the holidays and year-round. 

Nanaimo Bars:

Base of the bars:

½ cup butter

¼ cup sugar

¼ cup cocoa (unsweetened baker’s cocoa!)

1 tsp. natural vanilla extract

1 egg

1 ½ cup graham cracker crumbs

¾ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)

½ cup finely chopped pecans (I pulse them ...

Cookie-Palooza: Old-Fashioned Swedish Spritz Cookies

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A family favorite for generations, as a child this recipe seemed to involve an entire afternoon of mixing, coloring, pushing through the cookie press, baking, and decorating. As it is with many other experiences from childhood, the reality as an adult is a bit different: these cookies are actually very simple and easy to make. With today’s unique ...

Pender & Moore Family Renews Adopt-A-Spot Contract

November 27, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Pender and Moore Families are renewing their Adopt-A-Spot contract with the South Plainfield Clean Business Association to remove litter from Willow Park for the next two years.  The agreement was suspended last year when the former Skate Park was dismantled to make way for an expanded municipal complex parking lot.  The entire parking lot was reconstructed ...

Hazardous Waste Drop-Off on Sunday, November 20th

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield and Middlesex County residents have the last chance of the year to drop off their household hazardous waste this Sunday, November 20, 2016, between 8:00AM-2:00PM at Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, NJ 08818 (Mill Road Entrance).

 

What to bring:

 

Adhesives ...

Borough of South Plainfield Shows Support of Police with Blue Line, Special Holiday Tree

December 1, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The holiday season is in full swing at South Plainfield Borough Hall where a new Christmas tree with a very symbolic theme is prominently on display in the municipal building’s lobby.

The new 9-foot tall tree, which was donated in mid-November by South Plainfield-based Puleo International, Inc., is adorned with white lights, red and white balls, ...

Franklin Elementary School’s Annual Math-A-Thon Raises Over $100K for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  – For the past 21 years, students at Franklin Elementary School in South Plainfield have participated in an annual math-a-thon to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Each year, participating Franklin students seek monetary sponsorships from family members and friends and, in return, pledge to complete different grade-appropriate math ...

South Plainfield Participating in 'Toys for Tots'

November 29, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield Borough Hall once again will be the drop-off point for the annual Toys for Tots drive. The drop-off point will be at a box in Mayor Matthew Anesh’s office in Borough Hall. Toys can be dropped off now through Dec. 16.

“Last year, we collected over 1000 toys due to an overwhelming response from the community, said Mayor’s secretary.

South Plainfield: Sen. Diegnan Sponsors Two Veterans' Bills

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – The Senate and Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved two bills sponsored by State Sen. Patrick Diegnan, D-18, that would pay for transportation for veterans outside of VA hospitals, according to a Nov. 22 press release.  

“This is about treating veterans with compassion and decency. This bill will make sure those who must travel a significant distance ...

Four Easy Care Gardening Trends for the Holiday Season

November 20, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Dress up the holidays or give gifts that continue giving throughout the year with these low maintenance gardening trends. Just add a little fun, classic beauty or style to make it even more memorable now and throughout the year.

Terrariums.  These mini greenhouses continue to grow in popularity and are perfect for new or timid gardeners. Just plant a few small ...

South Plainfield Police Make Arrest in Quick Chek Robbery

December 3, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Police Department have made an arrest in the November 10th, 2016, robbery at the Quick Check convenient store located at 100 Sampton Ave, South Plainfield, NJ,

According to Police, Michael Sala, 44, of South Plainfield, NJ, entered the store and demanded cash from the teller.  After being given cash from the register Sala fled the ...

Plainfield Avenue Reopened After Pedestrian Accident

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A pedestrian was struck while crossing Plainfield Avenue in the area of Wood Street earlier Wednesday evening. The pedestrian suffered a number of injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

The accident involved a single car that was headed southbound on Plainfield Avenue. The driver of the vehicle was not injured. Plainfield Avenue was closed in both directions ...

Moretti Team’s Success Attributed to Team Approach

November 30, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Real estate sales have become much more complex than years past, according to Guy Moretti, Team Leader for the Moretti Team at the South Plainfield-based Berkshire Hathaway Home Services of New Jersey (BHHSNJ).

“The industry is changing. Years ago there was a 80/20 rule which said 80-percent of real estate sales were completed by 20—percent of the ...

New Brunswick to Celebrate Holidays on Friday

December 2, 2016

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Grab your sleigh bells and head to downtown New Brunswick Friday night, as the city marks the holiday.

The city will be pleased to host a favorite son, Jonathan Casillas of the NY Football Giants, who will join in the 24th-annual holiday tree lighting in Monument Square on Livingston Avenue.

Festivities  begin at 5 p.m. and include music, performances, a visit from ...

No One Injured in Greenbrook Road House Fire

December 2, 2016

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The North Plainfield Fire Department, with mutual aid assistance from Plainfield and Watchung, responded to a house fire Thursday evening.

At around 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1, fire personnel were called to the scene of a single family, one and a half story home in the 200 block section of Greenbrook Road between Maple Avenue and Stahls Way. First responding units found ...

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Bryahna Shaw-Stoudemire Girls’ Volleyball Middle Hitter

Last week while winter sports were getting underway, conference awards were being finalized.  Senior Bryahna Shaw-Stoudemire was honored as an All Blue Division Volleyball Player. Her aggressive style and hard work ensured her this distinction. 

On the season, Bryahna led the team with over 100 kills totaling 132.  She also had the most blocks for the team at 34 and was second ...

Letters to the Editor

Chris Brown Named President at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties is proud to announce the appointment of Chris Brown to President of the 21-office real estate brokerage headquartered in Somerset, New Jersey. Previously serving as Executive Vice President and General Sales Manager, Brown is a member of the company’s ownership team along with Bill Keleher, Seymour and Nancy Litwin, and Steve Janett.

Jim Giannakis says Thank you!

November 28, 2016

Dear Residents,

A few weeks ago we held our elections, it seems to me like only yesterday it was last year and I fell
short of victory. I was initially disappointed, however I realized after almost 10 years on our
Board of Ed, the year off served me well. I had a chance to step back and look at things from a
completely different perspective, as well as re-energize myself.

This year, I ...

Letter to the Editor from Dr. Anthony DeCosta

Dear Editor -

This year's annual Thanksgiving Food Drive was  phenomenal - our most successful food drive yet!  We delivered a full minivan of food to FISH on Tuesday, November 22nd.

On behalf of FISH and the homeless women and children who will benefit from your generous donations, I wish to sincerely thank all of you who have so graciously given food and money to this most ...

Colin James Berry Admitted to Sigma Alpha Lambda at Rowan University

November 27, 2016

Colin James Berry was recently admitted to Sigma Alpha Lambda, a National Leadership and Honors Society at Rowan University.  Sigma Alpha Lambda is a national organization dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development, and lifelong professional fulfillment.   Colin is a junior Marketing ...

Obituaries

Patricia (Pat) M. Vargo of Bayville, NJ (formerly of South Plainfield)

December 3, 2016

Patricia (Pat) M. Vargo of Bayville, NJ (formerly of South Plainfield) passed away peacefully on December 1, 2016. She was born in Orange, NJ, in 1933 to the late Mary and Irving Freeman.  After graduating North Plainfield High School, she married and raised her family in South Plainfield.  Pat was active in many community activities, including PTA President and started a local Marine ...

Jeanne Stirling Smith, 81

South Plainfield – Jeanne Stirling Smith, 81, died Monday, November 28, 2016 at Merwick Care and Rehab Center in Plainsboro.

Born in Scotland, Jeanne was raised in England and immigrated to the United States in 1957.  She lived in Montclair until moving to South Plainfield in 1963.

Jeanne worked in the Transportation Department for the South Plainfield Board of ...

Community Happenings

SPHS Tiger Tech Robotics Team Is Off and Running

November 25, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD,  NJ – Last week, Tiger Tech Robotics made their debut at multiple events, including the Town Hall meeting, Board of Education meeting, and the SP Business Association meeting.

On November 14th, the South Plainfield Robotics Team was invited by Debbie Boyle to give a brief presentation at the Town hall meeting. Six members talked about their successes from past ...

South Plainfield Knights of Columbus - Breakfast with Santa - Sun 12/18 9am to 11am

November 25, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus located at 334 Hamilton Blvd will be hosting Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 18th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Knights hall. Complimentary pictures with Santa are included in price, please bring wrapped present if you want Santa to give to your child.

Cost of the breakfast is $5/person or $15/family. Breakfast includes ...

Pedestrian Struck by a Motor Vehicle

The South Plainfield Police responded to a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle on Wednesday evening, November 30, 2016, at approximately 6:11 p.m.  Vonzo Daniels of Plainfield was struck and severely injured by a vehicle travelling south bound on Plainfield Avenue at the intersection of Wood Street as he attempted to cross the roadway.

The investigation revealed that Daniels was crossing ...

Qualified Purchasing Agent (Part-time)

 

Qualified Purchasing Agent (Part-time) – South Plainfield, Middlesex County.  The Borough seeks a Qualified Purchasing Agent to oversee the purchasing methods in accordance with prescribed laws, rules, regulations and standards. The candidate will assist the Administrator and Clerk in the preparation of bid documents, procurement of materials, and make recommendation for the ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, December 3, 8:30 AM

Middlesex County 4-H Center, East Brunswick

4-H Breakfast with Santa and His Furry and ...

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Sun, December 4, 1:00 PM

Open House, South Plainfield

Open House - 140 Conklin Street, South ...

Real Estate

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Sun, December 4, 1:00 PM

Open House, Piscataway

Open House - 42 Maplehurst Lane Piscataway, NJ

Real Estate

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Wed, December 7, 10:00 AM

South Plainfield

Puleo International Kicks-Off the “Most Wonderful ...

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Thu, December 8, 6:00 PM

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Holiday Vendor Night and Bake Sale

Columns

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (Scout Press, 2016)

Self doubt can be paralyzing. More importantly, the source of self doubt can be even more disturbing and debilitating. In the case of travel writer, Lo Blacklock, a violent home invasion right before the biggest opportunity of her career, leaves her physically and emotionally battered. On edge and sleep deprived, Lo has a destructive ...

Bookmarks

We're just wild for library programs! There are some wild times coming up. Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the program for this Saturday, December 3: “Learning about financial literacy.” We hope to reschedule in the near future.

The wild, wild West is riding into town on Saturday, December 10 at 1:30. Come and experience a taste of the Old West when professional ...

South Plainfield Columbian Squires - Annual Hiking trip

The South Plainfield Columbian Squires went on their yearly mountain hike on November 25th to the Tammany Trail (also known as the Red Dot trail) at the Delaware Water Gap.

The Squires hike started with a slight incline, but soon reached a more steep and very rocky terrain through the forest. They passed a rocky bluff, overlooking the Delaware River at 400ft, but they only had another 800ft ...

Press Releases

SPARC is Proud of 2016

December 2, 2016

The South Plainfield Amateur Radio Club is proud of its 2016 achievements. Membership is up and moral is high.

David Hackett, KD2FSI; Chairman of the 2016 Field Day Committee, reports that American Radio Relay League (ARRL) results for the event put SPARC within the top 10 percent of all listed entries in all categories. NJ2SP (SPARC’s Call Sign) placed 274 against 2697 listed entries in ...