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South Plainfield High School Wrestling Team Honored by Mayor, Council 

June 21, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The players, coaches and managers of the South Plainfield High School (SPHS) Wrestling Team were recognized for their success during the 2017-2018 season and presented with proclamations at the borough council’s June 18 meeting. 

The team, which is comprised of students in 9th through 12th grade, finished the season with a record of 20-7 and earned ...

SEASON RECAP: Dominance on the mound leads Tigers to mid-season turnaround and first GMC title in program history

SOUTH PLAINFIELD--

It’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish. It’s a bit of a cliched saying in the sports world, but it’s still undeniably true. The South Plainfield High School baseball team certainly showed that there’s truth behind that axiom during the 2018 spring sports season.

The Tigers (20-10) rallied back from early season setbacks and ...

Christmas in July Coming to Downtown

June 17, 2018

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

South Plainfield’s sixth annual Christmas in July celebration will be held on Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Rain date is July 29.)

Santa will officially open the event at 10 a.m. joined by the mayor and members of the council. As of presstime, more than 50 vendors have signed up.

The very popular race car track returns this year, with free ...

Local Organizations Award 162 Scholarships Totaling $121,050 to SPHS Students

June 14, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  - In a tradition dating back to 1966, South Plainfield High School held their Annual Scholarship Awards Program on Monday June 4th.  Celebrating the accomplishments and achievements of the Class of 2018, 162 scholarships were awarded for a total of $121,050, for students excelling in athletics, academics, talents in the arts and service to the community, while ...

South Plainfield High School Athletes Honored for Spring Success

June 17, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Spring sport success was highlighted at the South Plainfield Board of Education’s June 13 Committee of the Whole meeting. 

At this time, family and friends gathered as dozens of the high school’s student athletes, along with their coaches and managers, were recognized by the board and district administrators for their accomplishments in ...

South Plainfield Seniors Recognized for Leadership, Actions

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Four South Plainfield High School (SPHS) students were recognized Tuesday for their actions and efforts for social justice. 

Tala Abdeljaber. Hailey Medina, Simran Modhera, and Jade Scotti, all members of the Class of 2018, each received $1,000 from the Ionracas Deontas fund for their support of gun control and school safety and for leading their ...

Announcing EcoCamp: A Girl Scout Workshop that Builds Young Environmental Specialists

June 9, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - EcoCamp is a weeklong set of summer workshops that will be held between June 25-June 30, 2018 at the South Plainfield library[1]. Targeted at elementary school students at Middlesex County, it aims to turn participants into young environmental specialists or earth advocates.  Since Middlesex county did not do very well as its neighboring counties on ...

South Plainfield Elks Celebrate Winners of Their Annual Special Needs Poster Contest

June 19, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield Elks Lodge #2298 held a very special event for the winners of the statewide Elks Annual Poster Project on May 30th.  This year, 60 participants entered through the South Plainfield Elks Lodge and took home trophies, medals, certificates and cash prizes. 

“We are the Special Children’s Committee,” said Patrick Donnelly opening ...

Holy Savior’s 7th Annual 5K and 1-Mile Family Fun Walk - A Success

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  - Blue skies and sunshine blessed the participants of Holy Savior’s 7th Annual 5k and 1-Mile Family Fun Walk on Saturday June 2nd as over 150 people took part in the event to raise funds for Holy Savior Academy, located at 149 South Plainfield Avenue in South Plainfield.

“Holy Savior Academy is truly part of the South Plainfield community, from ...

Grand Opening of Willow Park Inclusive Playground Draws Huge Crowd

June 22, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  - Children of all ages and abilities filled the Willow Park Inclusive Playground at 6:30pm on June 20th for a special Storytime and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.  Located behind the South Plainfield Public Library, the Willow Park Inclusive Playground is now open thanks to a generous donation of $150,000 from the Library along with the collaboration of Councilwoman ...

South Plainfield Officers Promoted, Sworn In by Mayor, Council

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Friends, family, and fellow officers gathered at borough hall Monday night to support the promotion of four longstanding members of the South Plainfield Police Department (SPPD) and the hiring of two new officers. 

During the June 18 meeting, Daniel Noonan was promoted to Captain, Michael Hoppe was promoted to Lieutenant, and both Mark Bullock and Lloyd ...

Grant School to Promote Anti-Bullying Initiatives, Awareness at June 21 Walk 

June 20, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – On the morning of June 21, the student body of Grant School will participate in a walk in support of anti-bullying and a positive school climate. The walk is being sponsored by Buddies Against Bullying, a student-driven after school club, and Girl School Troop 65016 with support from the Grant School PTO. 

“This message is so important because ...

Celebrate 2018 with Four Garden Honorees

June 17, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - It’s a year-long celebration of flavor and beauty as we honor and grow the beet, coreopsis, calibrachoa and tulip. The National Garden Bureau (NGB) has declared 2018 the year of these garden mainstays. This non-profit’s goal is to inspire you to grow these and more plants in your gardens at home and work.

The celebration starts with the tulip, a symbol of ...

Emerging Athletes Program Underway At Centenary, Auditors Welcome

June 18, 2018

LONG VALLEY, N.J.— The fourth of 10 Regional Training Sessions for the 2018 Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program got underway on June 18 at Centenary University’s equestrian center in Long Valley, N.J.

Olympian Joe Fargis is leading the clinic with 24 riders participating with Colleen Reed providing stable management education throughout the five-day ...

Patriots Dominate on the Mound, in the Batter's Box

June 21, 2018

LANCASTER, PA - The Somerset Patriots (29-20) utilized a strong pitching performance and an offensive outburst into a convincing 8-1 win over the Lancaster Barnstormers (31-17) Wednesday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

The Patriots jumped ahead early with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. A Craig Massey RBI single and a run-scoring double play groundout from Yovan Gonzalez ...

Chavez, Roller Come Up Big at the Plate

LANCASTER, PA - The Somerset Patriots (21-20) came from behind Tuesday night to defeat the Lancaster Barnstormers (31-16) 7-3 at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

Lancaster jumped ahead in the bottom of the first inning on a Blake Gailen (11) two-run home run to right field. That lead held until Somerset put four runs on the board in the top of the fifth inning.

The Pariots brought nine batters to ...

VIDEO: Westfield Police Show Love for Fallen Detective’s Son at Middle School Graduation

June 20, 2018

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — When his dad, a Westfield police detective who died last month, couldn’t be at young Eric Lieberman’s eighth grade graduation from Roselle Park Middle School, 16 members of the Westfield Police Department instead walked across the stage to give him a hug Tuesday night.

“What a beautiful tribute to both my son and his father,” said his ...

More than the Fourth of July, Make it a Star Spangled Week in the Long Beach Island Region of NJ

June 20, 2018

STAFFORD AND LONG BEACH ISLAND - Summer 2018 starts now, so time to enjoy the beauty of the Jersey Shore. As families and friends gather for the summer holiday, there is plenty of options to assist in rounding out July 4 vacation and getaways.

With July 4 falling on a Wednesday, there are many events surrounding the holiday.

The award winning Surf and Sip Brew Trail itinerary is available ...

Plainfield YMCA Building to be Sold at Public Auction on August 1

June 12, 2018

Union County, NJ . - AuctionAdvisors announced that it has been engaged by the Plainfield YMCA’s Board of Directors to commence an accelerated marketing campaign, which will culminate in the public auction sale of the YMCA’s building located at 518 Watchung Avenue, in downtown Plainfield, New Jersey.

Since 1923 the Plainfield YMCA has called this building home, but like so many ...

South Plainfield Elks Honor Students of the Month

June 18, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Tuesday, June 12, the South Plainfield Elks honored the winners of the Grant School Character Education Monthly Pillars.  The students and their families were treated to a pasta dinner cooked and served by the Elks Youth Activities Committee and the students were given Junior Citizen of the Month Certificates.

The winners were as follows: 

Caring – ...

Middlesex County: Free Music, Fireworks and Fun in “A Revolutionary Celebration”

June 20, 2018

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ -  Want your 4th of July fun to last 7 days? Then bring your family and join in Middlesex County’s “Revolutionary Celebration” for 2018! Our Office of Arts and History has planned events for June 30 and July 1-7 that are fun, educational, and a great way to honor the spirit of Independence Day. Explore Highland Park, New ...

Couple Netted $8M from Fake Uggs, Designer Bags, Prosecutor Says

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Plainsboro couple could face charges of of selling counterfeit designer shoes and handbags, netting $8 million and sending $3 million to people in China, authorities said today.

Yan Shi, 36, and her husband, Weiping Liu, 40, were arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree money laundering and second-degree conspiracy to violate the New Jersey Trademark ...

VIDEO: Westfield Police Show Love for Fallen Detective’s Son at Middle School Graduation

June 20, 2018

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — When his dad, a Westfield police detective who died last month, couldn’t be at young Eric Lieberman’s eighth grade graduation from Roselle Park Middle School, 16 members of the Westfield Police Department instead walked across the stage to give him a hug Tuesday night.

“What a beautiful tribute to both my son and his father,” said his ...

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Obituaries

South Plainfield – John T. Felz, Jr., 71, passed away at his home on Thursday, June 14, ...
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Letters to the Editor

South Plainfield Special Athletes have a great showing in this year's State Games

June 22, 2018

Tyler is one of many athletes from South Plainfield who competed in this year's State Games, held at the college of New Jersey. This was Tyler's third year competing, but the first year where Tyler won a gold medal in, in both the long jump and mini javelin. We are proud of all the athletes who represented South Plainfield and the coaching staff.

Community Happenings

Mayor, Council Proclaim 'Amateur Radio Week’ in the Borough of South Plainfield

June 22, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ- At a June 18 meeting, South Plainfield Mayor Matt Anesh and the Borough Council proclaimed June 17 through June 23 as ‘Amateur Radio Week’ and asked all residents to extend their appreciation and respect to the community’s  amateur radio operators.

South Plainfield Amateur Radio Club (SPARC) will be participating in the American Radio Relay ...

South Plainfield Elks Honor Students of the Month

June 18, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Tuesday, June 12, the South Plainfield Elks honored the winners of the Grant School Character Education Monthly Pillars.  The students and their families were treated to a pasta dinner cooked and served by the Elks Youth Activities Committee and the students were given Junior Citizen of the Month Certificates.

The winners were as follows: 

Caring – ...

Holy Savior Academy’s Championship Cheerleaders Seek Funds for New Equipment

June 18, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Holy Savior Academy Cheerleading Squad has kicked off a fundraiser to generate $5,500 for the purchase of much-needed equipment, such as new tumble mats, sound equipment, and more for the award-winning squad.

“The group of twelve girls range from 1st through 4th grades,” said parent Marybeth Parache, who is heading up efforts to raise funds.  ...

Wrestling Ring Presentation

June 20, 2018

The South Plainfield High School Wrestling Team,  who have earned the title of “Three Peat Champs”,  received their State rings on Sunday, June 10, 2018.  Presentation of the rings an plaques were given by SPHS Wrestling Coach Pavlack an assistant coaches.   Funding  for the rings were donated by the South Plainfield Wrestling Club,  who has been one of ...

Inclusive Playground Ribbon Cutting Tonight - June 20

Nixle Alert - Official ribbon cutting at 6:30 om tonight to open inclusive playground at Willow Park.  All are invited to attend, A special storytime will follow.

Upcoming Events

Fri, June 22, 7:30 PM

Crossroads, Garwood

Benefit Concert

Giving Back

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Sat, June 23, 2:00 PM

South Plainfield

SPARC Reaching Out

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Sat, June 23, 7:00 PM

TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater

Somerset Patriots vs. Southern Maryland Blue ...

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Sun, June 24, 1:00 PM

TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater

Somerset Patriots vs. Southern Maryland Blue ...

Columns

Weinberg, Diegnan Bill to Establish University-Based Consortium on Media Innovation Advances

TRENTON –A bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Patrick Diegnan that would establish a state university-based consortium to advance research in the field of media and technology was passed from the Senate Higher Education Committee today.

“The state’s traditional newspaper market has been upended by changes in ...

South Plainfield and SP BOE Working Together to Strengthen School Security

South Plainfield, NJ - On Monday evening the Borough Council hired two new police officers. These hiring’s will allow two additional police officers to be stationed at South Plainfield Public Schools and will supplement the already strong security measures enacted by the Board of Education and the South Plainfield Police.

The hired officers are part of an interlocal agreement ...

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow, 2018)

 

A friend, whose opinion on literature I respect greatly, reported to me recently that she had just finished reading A.J. Finn's debut novel, The Woman in the Window. Of it she said, “I wish I hadn't finished it,” which I interpreted to mean, “It was so good I'm sorry that I finished it.” ...

Bookmarks

The South Plainfield Public Library will be open this Sunday, June 24 from 1:30 PM – 5 PM.  This is the last Sunday the library will be open until September.  During July and August, the library will be closed on Sundays, but the rest of the hours during the week will remain the same.

Come join us Monday, June 25 at 6:30 PM for Monday Night Movies.  The selection this week ...

Suburban Woman’s Club Ends Its Year with a Big Banquet

Our country has a long and rich history of service clubs contributing to the growth of their communities but there have been signs in the past two decades that interest in these groups is waning.  Not so at Suburban Woman’s Club of South Plainfield.  Thanks to the efforts of Membership Chair Grace Bertucci, this past year seven new members joined this relatively small group of ...

Press Releases

SPARC RECEIVES PROCLAMATION & GETS READY FOR ARRL ANNUAL FIELD DAY

June 22, 2018

SPARC RECEIVES PROCLAMATION & GETS READY FOR ARRL ANNUAL FIELD DAY

The Borough of South Plainfield has issued the South Plainfield Amateur Radio Club(SPARC) a Proclamation at Borough Hall, on June 18,2018 at 7 PM.

The Proclamation is honoring the annual ARRL Amateur Radio Week, June 18th through June 24th and the amateur radio operators nationwide for their public service to the ...

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...