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South Plainfield Soccer: Tigers Claw Out Victory Over Spotswood, 2-1

September 17, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Tigers are streaking. After dropping their first game of the season South Plainfield has gone 4-0-1. The latest win was a hard fought 2-1 victory over GMC rival Spotswood.

South Plainfield appeared to be cruising towards their fourth win of the year on goals by Marc Giordano and Jose Galdamez when Spotswood’s Yanni Hatzistefanis scored on ...

Spotswood Girls Tennis Streak Stopped By South Plainfield

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School girls tennis team opened the 2018 season with two straight wins after being unable to notch a single team victory last season. South Plainfield stopped the streak on Friday with a 5-0 win over the Chargers.

Mirit Girgis lost her first singles match to Jordan Lovett, (6-2, 6-0) while Gabriela Zeron dropped her second singles match to Jada Worthem, (6-1, ...

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the South Plainfield Public Library

September 12, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and, on a local level, the heritage and culture will be celebrated with a special event sponsored by the South Plainfield Public Library. 

The library’s Hispanic Heritage Month, planned Sept. 22 from 12 to 3 p.m.

South Plainfield School District Presents 2017-2018 AP, PARCC Data

September 20, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – At a South Plainfield Board of Education meeting Sept. 12, results of both the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Advanced Placement (AP) tests administered during the 2017-2018 school year were presented to the public. 

According to the district report, AP exams are developed by a committee comprised of higher ...

South Plainfield High School STEM Lab Dedicated in Carol Byrne's Honor

The South Plainfield High School’s new state-of-the-art STEM lab was officially dedicated Sept. 12 in honor of Carol Byrne, a former resident and longtime member of the board of education.

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – School district administrators, building principals, board of education members, and teachers gathered in room 105 – the former home of the school’s ...

Vegan Fest Cook Off Wraps Up Weekend in a Tasty Fashion

September 18, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ –All the judges agreed on at least two things at the first ever Vegan Cook Off – the food was delicious and they would order most of it again. In fact, one of the judges (who wasn’t a vegan chef) said, “All the dishes would make excellent appetizers, and I would order ten and make it a meal.”

The judges included two professional vegan chefs ...

September is National Preparedness Month: Get Ready for Emergencies

September 16, 2018

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ -- September is National Preparedness month, and the Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management and Preparedness is encouraging residents to prepare for the threat of any storms that may occur this season as well as any other weather-related conditions. It’s hard to know exactly when or where a severe storm can strike.

In the event of severe weather, ...

S.P.H.S. Marching Band Ready for Another Competitive Season

September 11, 2018

Honesdale, PA  - For over thirty years, as summer draws to a close, the drum roll of South Plainfield’s High School Marching Band can be heard echoing through the hillsides of rural Pennsylvania at Camp Cayuga in Honesdale.  This year, the S.P.H.S. Marching Band spent the week of August 27-31 at Camp Cayuga for an intense week of practice to finalize this season’s ...

American Legion Remembers 9/11

September 17, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield’s American Legion held a 9/11 Remembrance Service that vividly detailed the events of September 11, 2001.  The service took place at American Legion Chaumont Post 243 on Oak Tree Avenue.  Guest speakers recounted acts of bravery and heroism during the tragic events that unfolded seventeen years ago when terrorists hijacked four United ...

Peter Barnes II, Assembly Whip, FBI Agent, Director of Security for NJ Devils, Dies at Age 89

EDISON, NJ – Long-serving local and state public servant Peter Barnes II passed away today.  Barnes served his country, state, district and the Township of East Brunswick the past 71 years. 

Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe today issued the following statement on the passing of former Assemblyman and MCDO Chairman Peter Barnes II:  “It is with a ...

Health and Wellness Events Taking Place at the South Plainfield Senior Center

September 19, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – In continuing its mission to provide members with fun as well as educational programs, the South Plainfield Senior Center will host several health and wellness events throughout October. 

“I’ve always felt that seniors do not like change [but] they feel comfortable with a familiar place and face. I’m especially fond of keeping our ...

Colorful Vines and Groundcovers for the Fall Garden

September 19, 2018

Create a colorful and fragrant fall finale in your garden with groundcovers and vines. Blanket the earth with hardy groundcovers that add seasonal interest. Then direct your eye skyward with vines climbing on trellises, fences and arbors.

Add a cloud of fragrant beauty with the white flowers of sweet autumn clematis. This vigorous vine quickly covers arbors and trellises, providing a colorful ...

Veterans Ride Horses Through New York City To Raise Awareness Of Suicide

September 18, 2018

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Police horses and carriage horses were not the only equines in New York City on Sept. 15 — several riders on horses in western saddles took an extended tour of the Big Apple to raise awareness about suicide among veterans.

BraveHearts, based in Illinois, took 10 veterans, a gold star father, and three support staff on a 20-mile ride through the concrete ...

Patriots Fall to Ducks in Game One of Championship Series

September 20, 2018



CENTRAL ISLIP, NY- The Long Island Ducks (1-0) defeated the Somerset Patriots (0-1) 9-2 in Game 1 of the Liberty Division Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark on Wednesday evening to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five playoff series.

The Ducks took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the ...

Long Ball Helps Power Patriots Over Blue Crabs

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots (35-24, 70-52) defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (21-37, 47-72) 8-3 at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday evening.

The Blue Crabs took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-run double by Frank Martinez.

Somerset answered immediately in the bottom of the frame on a lead off home run by Craig Massey (3) and a run-scoring wild pitch ...

MS-13 Gang Member Admits to Killing Plainfield Man

September 18, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ -- A Somerset County man has admitted to fatally shooting a Plainfield resident in 2011, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Tuesday.

Jose Romero-Aguirre, a.k.a. “Coñejo,” 32, a North Plainfield resident and member of the Plainfield Locos Salvatrucha (PLS) clique of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang, pleaded guilty to a charge of ...

Citizens' View Security Camera Program

September 19, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Police Department wants to partner with residents and business owners to help solve crime and keep our community safe.  Registering your business or personal surveillance camera may help deter crime and assist the Police Department in its overall crime prevention strategy.  Help the South Plainfield Police protect your community by registering ...

South Plainfield Police Search for Wells Fargo Bank Robber

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -  Authorities are searching for a man wanted in connection with a bank robbery in South Plainfield last week and have released an image of the suspect.

On Thursday, September 13th, at around 1:25 p.m. a man described as a black male approximately 5’7” tall weighing 150 lbs entered the Wells Fargo Bank located at 2325 Plainfield Ave.  He was dressed ...

Holy Savior Homecoming Event September 22

September 15, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Holy Savior Academy (HAS), located at 149 South Plainfield Avenue, will hold its first Homecoming Community Event on Saturday, Sept. 22. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school parking lot and feature fun activities for the whole family. Alumni, along with members of the community and current students and their families, are invited to ...

Rutgers President Barchi Staying 2 More Years

September 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University President Robert Barchi has agreed to continue in that position for two more years, university officials said.

Members of the university board of governors asked him to remain at least two more years, and he agreed, officials said.

“Bob Barchi has been a remarkable leader for Rutgers,” board president Sandy Stewart said.  He said ...

Rutgers Profs study the Medical Use of Bear Drool

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It is not the easiest thing to get, and something the average person has never thought about, but scientists have found a medical value in, of all things, salvia from East Siberian brown bears.

Scientists from Rutgers, working with others in the field, have used bacterium from the wild animals to see if it inhibits harmful bacteria, according to study published online ...

Hillsborough Man Snagged in Statewide Sting of Suspected Child Predators

September 18, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – A 54-year-old Hillsborough man is one of 24 suspects arrested in “Operation Open House,” a sting set up by law enforcement officials to capture alleged child predators using social media to lure underage girls and boys for sexual activity, according to state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.

The sting was set-up at a residence in Toms River. The underage ...

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South Plainfield

The Athlete of the Week: Dondre Tate Football Running Back/Cornerback

The South Plainfield Football team won its home opener Friday night against Spotswood.  The Tigers were impressive in not letting up any points in their 13-0 win.  South Plainfield was led by senior Dondre Tate.  Dondre is trying to improve on last season.  He started the 2018 year with 8 rushes for 45 yards. He was also a leader on defense, making 6 tackles, one sack, one ...

The Athlete of the Week: Marc Giordano Boys’ Soccer Midfield

The South Plainfield Boys’ Soccer Team is looking to improve from last year with a group of veterans and newcomers.  On the season the Boys’ Soccer team is currently 3-1-1.  The Tigers have wins over GMC rivals South River and Carteret while also defeating out of division opponent Ridge.  The team this year is led by senior captain Marc Giordano.

During the ...


South Plainfield – Joseph J. Archutowski, 91, died Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Robert Wood ...
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Letters to the Editor

Letter to Editor from Cassie Capparelli - Supporting Democrat Ticket

September 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

I have been fortunate to have lived my entire life in South Plainfield.  My father’s family, the Capparelli’s and my mother’s family, the Massaro’s, always believed that an essential part of life is giving back to the community.  Sandy Doyon embodies that spirit, which makes our town so special.  She has been a teacher for over 25 ...

Anesh, Bengivenga & Wolak get the job done, while the democrats just talk

September 20, 2018

            South Plainfield – This week Mayor Anesh and his team discuss how the Democrats are once again talking about their plans, but actions speak louder than words.

            Mayor Matt Anesh, along with Council President Rob Bengivenga and Councilman Joe Wolak, want to ...

Democratic Candidates Say It’s Time To Stop Runaway Spending And Borrowing

September 20, 2018

Democrats Sandy Doyon, Kristine Keefe and Sherri Zwerko this week focused on the millions of dollars borrowed each year by the Republican Mayor and Council to pay for everyday expenses and the need to put the Borough on a pay-as-you-go spending system.

Mayoral Candidate Sandy Doyon said, “Since the Republicans gained control of the Borough Council, the municipal tax rate has increased ...

South Plainfield Resident Sujan Puar Participates in NJ Senior Olympics

September 17, 2018

The 2018 New Jersey Senior Olympic Games were held on September 7, 8th and 9th in Woodbridge, New Jersey.  Sujan S Puar, a South Plainfield resident and member of the South Plainfield Senior Center participated in the games.  Sujan was awarded the following medals:

Swimming – 100 yards backstroke – Gold Medal

400 Meter Run – Gold Medal

200 Meter Run - Silver ...

Community Happenings

Sai Datta Peetham - Back pack donations

September 13, 2018

Sai Datta Peetham (SDP) was founded by Mr. Raghu Sankaramanchi in March 2014.  The Peetham is founded based on the preachings of Shiridi Sai Baba.  When Saint Sai Baba was alive, his principals were collated in a book "Sai Satcharitra", based on SDP's main mission to feed the hungry and to help the needy.  Donating the school supplies to the children is a gesture of ...

Suburban Woman's Club to Host G&G Boutique Sale - Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018

September 10, 2018

The Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield will host the G&G Boutique fashion accessory sale on Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 9am to 3pm at the American Legion Hall, 243 Oak Tree Avenue, South Plainfield.  Rain Date is September 30th. The new and gently used items include jewelry, handbags, scarves, leather goods, and various household sundry items.  Proceeds from the ...

Help Wanted - Part Time Laborer

HELP WANTED Part-time outdoor labor, South Plainfield Recycling Complex & parks litter control, weekly hours vary. Experience with heavy equipment a plus.

Contact Recycling Coordinator or 908-226-7621. EOE.

South Plainfield Senior Center to Offer New 'Gracefully Made' Craft Program

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Senior Center later this month will launch a new craft program for its members. The ‘Gracefully Made’ program, which will be held at 10 a.m. every other Tuesday beginning Sept. 25, is free and will be run by longtime member Grace McGinnis. 

“Grace is a craft guru and so super creative,” said the Tree Olano, the ...

Upcoming Events


Fri, September 21

TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater

Somerset Patriots Playoffs

Arts & Entertainment Sports


Sat, September 22, 9:00 AM

South Plainfield

Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale


Sun, September 23, 9:00 AM

South Plainfield

Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale


Mon, September 24, 9:00 AM

South Plainfield

Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale


Tue, September 25, 9:00 AM

South Plainfield

Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale


Wed, September 26, 9:00 AM

South Plainfield

Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale


Diegnan Bill Would Authorize Special Combat Action Badge License Plates Clears Committee

(South Plainfield) – Legislation sponsored by Senate Transportation Chair Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. that would authorize special Combat Action Badge license plates cleared the Senate Transportation Committee.  The license plate would display the words, “Combat Action Badge” and the Combat Action Badge emblem.


“It is of the highest honor to serve our country ...

The Clean 20 by Ian K. Smith, M.D.

The Clean 20: 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation  by Ian K. Smith, M.D. (St. Martin’s Press, 2018)


Dr. Ian K. Smith has written a delightful and easy to digest new book, The Clean 20: 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation. Unlike many diet books that are mired in technical language that become not only a bore but a chore to read, Smith’s writing style is not ...


The Friends of the Library are having their annual book sale. It starts Saturday, September 22 and continues through the 30th.  You’ll find histories and mysteries, cookbooks and children’s books, best-sellers and classics.  Come Saturday for the largest selection and come back later in the week for rock-bottom prices. 

On Saturday, the books are accompanied by a ...

Suburban Woman’s Club Kicks Off Its 2018-2019 Year With a CASA Presentation

Imagine being a motherless child with no one to help you maneuver through a complicated foster care system.  It must be frightening, to say the least.  CASA, a volunteer-based organization founded in 1977 by a family court judge, advocates for New Jersey abused and neglected children to place them in foster homes and give them a more stable childhood.  At its September 6th meeting, ...

Press Releases

Riding with HEART Tack Sale Is Sept 29 & 30

September 19, 2018

ALEXANDRIA TWP., N.J. — Riding with HEART is holding its Fall Tack Sale on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 30 from noon to 3 p.m. at their Alexandria Township farm, 639 County Road 513, two miles west of the Pittstown traffic light.  

On Sunday most items are half-price.  The sale offers saddles, tack trunks, blankets, turnouts, bridles, halters, ...

Colder Weather is Coming – The Top Ten Reasons to Maintain Your Furnace (or Boiler!)

As summer winds down and kids head back to school, most of us in New Jersey begin looking forward to fall. With the promise of cooler autumn evenings, campfires, s’mores, and all things ‘Pumpkin Spice,’ it can be easy for home maintenance tasks to go undone.

Here at A.J. Perri, we would like to remind you that winter is coming, and now is the best time to get your ...

Maplewood NJ Chamber Executive Director On Building A Community of Small Businesses

September 19, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - "A membership in the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce is a gift that a small business can give to itself," said the Executive Director of the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce, Lorraine Labonne-Storch.

The Maplewood Chamber brings business owners together into a supportive community, she said. "You have like-minded individuals with common purpose getting together, ...