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Underdog Tigers Show Grit, in Heartbreaking 27-22 CJG3 Championship Loss

December 3, 2016

PISCATAWAY, NJ - One way or another, something historic was bound to happen at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway tonight. Today, the stadium was home to various state football championships games, and the final one was the Central Jersey Group 3 title matchup between South Plainfield High School’s football squad, and Rumson-Fair Haven.

Although the third seeded Tigers (8-4) were ...

South Plainfield Rec/Middle School Wrestling Update

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 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 ...

Flanagan’s Offering All-Inclusive Holiday Party Options, New Daily Food and Drink Specials

December 6, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The holidays are quickly approaching and Flanagan’s Family Restaurant and Pub is offering special party menu and private party options as well as New Year’s Eve discounts. Also, beginning next week, the Plainfield Avenue eatery will spotlight new happy hour specials.

For those looking to host an affair this month, Flanagan’s is offering an ...

Cookie-Palooza: Nanaimo Bars

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 ...

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 ...

Senior Center Receives Gift from Twin City Pharmacy

December 5, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – When the Twin City Pharmacy came to the South Plainfield Senior Center in the fall to give flu shots to the members of the Center, their representatives noticed that the lift chair in the Center was in sorry shape. The pharmacy decided to do something about that and recently donated a brand new leather lift chair, which makes life a lot more comfortable for the ...

Park Avenue Dental Holding Food Drive to Benefit South Plainfield Pantry

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – From now through Wednesday, Nov. 30, Park Avenue Dental of South Plainfield will host a November Food Collection’ drive to support the South Plainfield Food Pantry.

“It has always been so important to me to give back to the community. I feel being a business owner and running my practice in this town that it is my duty to give back and help the ...

A Thousand Blooming, Exotic Orchids Descend At RU

December 5, 2016

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The North Jersey Orchid Society, New Jersey’s largest and oldest orchid society, will hold its 50th annual show and sale from Friday, January 13 through Sunday, January 15 (Fri-Sat 9 AM-5 PM, Sun 9 AM-4 PM) at the Douglass Student Center.

With approximately 25,000 known species and more than 250,000 hybrids, orchids are the largest family of flowering plants on ...

Four Easy Care Gardening Trends for the Holiday Season

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 ...

"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Campaign Starts December 9th

December 5, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -  Law enforcement officials from South Plainfield will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign.  Beginning December 9, 2016 and continuing through January 1, 2017, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety ...

South Plainfield Police Identify Suspect in Sky Zone Robbery

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Police Department has named Jaime L. Horne, 40 of Florham Park NJ as the alleged suspect in the October 30th Robbery at Sky Zone on Hadley Road. According to Police, Horne was operating a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee NJ Plate G54GKE.

South Plainfield Police also announced the arrest of Monique Valentine of Linden in relation to the alleged robbery. Valentine, a Sky ...

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 ...

Randolph NJ’s Brendan Fletcher Reaches Top 8 on NBC’s “The Voice”; Sings Mon. Dec 5

December 5, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA- “And though the course may change sometimes, rivers always reach the sea” – Led Zepplin, Ten Years Gone

After years of changing his course, living in NJ, Boston, Brooklyn, and Charleston, all while singing in small local bars, at open mic nights, and working as a bartender to make ends meet, Randolph NJ’s Brendan Fletcher always believed ...

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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

Jason Auletto, 41

December 6, 2016

Jason Auletto, 41, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2016 in South Plainfield.

Born in Plainfield, Jason had been a lifelong resident of South Plainfield graduating from South Plainfield High School in 1993.

Jay is survived by his daughters, Amanda and Olivia Auletto; his parents, Dominick and Joan Auletto; sister, Allison Auletto; nephew, Justin and several extended loving relatives and ...

Robert E. Bellek, 87

South Plainfield - Robert E. Bellek, 87, died Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville.

Born to the late John and Mary in Brownsville, PA, Robert grew up in Linden and settled to South Plainfield in 1960.

An Honorable Discharged Veteran of the United States Army, he was stationed in San Francisco during the Korean War.  Robert worked ...

Community Happenings

Adopt a Family in Need this Holiday Season

December 4, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Social Services Department is looking for volunteers to adopt/help a family in need this holiday season. Each year the South Plainfield community comes together and assists dozens of less fortunate families.

If you are new to assisting those in the program, basically you are asked to come to the South Plainfield Social Office located at ...

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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Wed, December 7, 10:00 AM

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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

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Sat, December 10, 1:30 PM

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South Plainfield Public Library presents: ...

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Sun, December 11, 1:00 PM

East Jersey Old Town Village, Piscataway

Seasonal Traditions Holiday Program: The Township ...

Arts & Entertainment Government

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Sun, December 11, 2:00 PM

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South Plainfield Public Library presents Wild New ...

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Sun, December 18, 9:00 AM

Breakfast with Santa, South Plainfield

South Plainfield Knights of Columbus - Breakfast ...

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 ...

The Mommy’s Review - Dear Evan Hansen

I want to tell you everything about Dear Evan Hansen, the new Broadway musical that just opened at The Music Box theater. But I also want to tell you nothing about Dear Evan Hansen, because I don’t want to spoil anything. Let’s see how I can do this…

Dear Evan Hansen is about an anxious, painfully shy high school senior whose therapist wants him to write encouraging letters ...

Press Releases

Diegnan Bills Focusing on School Security Policies Now Law

December 5, 2016

TRENTON – Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick Diegnan improving school security measures which include design plans and training drills was signed into law today.

“These laws are about putting safety first and we need to make sure the schools that house our children and educators are built emergency ready,” said Senator Diegnan (D-Middlesex).