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SPHS Tiger Baseball Autism Awareness Challenge

April 23, 2018

NORTH BRUNSWICK -- If you like offense, then you would have enjoyed the South Plainfield High School varsity baseball team’s 19-16 thrilling upset victory over Millburn, No. 14 in the NJ.com Top 20, in an Autism Awareness Challenge game at North Brunswick Community Park on Saturday.

Both teams combined for 37 hits as South Plainfield tallied 16 and Millburn had 21.

South ...

MaKayla Sosa Homers SPHS softball to 13-3 win over Piscataway

SOUTH PLAINFIELD -- MaKayla Sosa had herself a day on Saturday as the senior shortstop for the South Plainfield High School varsity softball team smacked two home runs, including a grand slam, to lift the Tigers past feisty Piscataway, 13-3.

At the time, South Plainfield led just 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning, but, with the bases loaded, Sosa, who bats lefty, cranked a moonshot grand ...

Kennedy School Welcomes Author Lisa Mullarkey

April 19, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Teacher and children’s author Lisa Mullarkey stopped by John F. Kennedy Elementary School on April 18. 

“This year’s guest author was very well received by our students and staff. Mrs. Mullarkey spent the day motivating our students to be future writers," said Kennedy Principal Kevin Hajduk. "It was a privilege for our students at ...

South Plainfield Schools, Borough Promote Autism Awareness

April 23, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – April is National Autism Awareness Month and throughout the Borough of South Plainfield schools and community groups have joined together to promote awareness of those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 

“As we go through life we learn that we are all different and it is important to include everyone with patience, understanding and ...

Kennedy School Goes ‘All In’ for Casino Night Fundraiser

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Everything came up aces Saturday night as John F. Kennedy Elementary School's PTSO held their 4th annual “A Night at the Casino” Fundraiser at American Legion Chaumont Post #243.  The sold out event generated over $7,000 for the school thanks to the generous donations from residents and businesses.

“The night was an exceptional reflection of ...

Mayor Anesh Taps Bengivenga & Wolak for Council

April 18, 2018

Mayor Matt Anesh announced this week that Council President Rob Bengivenga and Councilman Joe  Wolak will be seeking reelection and running as a team with him in November. 

“The council is taking things in the right direction, and we want to continue that,” said Bengivenga when announcing his decision.  “The three of us will be running on a record we think ...

Southside Clam Bar & Restaurant Available to Host Graduation Parties, Special Events

April 21, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Graduation season is just around the corner and Southside Clam Bar & Restaurant is available to those seeking to host a private party to celebrate the Class of 2018. 

The New Market Avenue establishment offers a variety of private party packages and features casual décor and a family-friendly atmosphere. A private dining area also makes it the ...

Congratulations to South Plainfield Elks Lodge’s Newly Installed Officers

April 16, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD -- South Plainfield Elks Lodge #2298 held their annual Installation of Officers on Sunday April 8th during a ceremony at the Elks Lodge, located at 1254 New Market Ave. 

Elks members had the opportunity to vote for the positions of Secretary, Treasurer, Trustees and Exalted Ruler.  The ceremony marked the official installation of each station.  Past State ...

Mayor Anesh Praises 2018 Municipal Budget that Keeps Taxes Flat

April 12, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield residents can expect no increase in the municipal portion of their tax bill after the Borough Council introduced a $29,765,468 spending plan Monday evening.

“This is just the budget introduction, but I am pleased taxes are flat,” said South Plainfield Mayor Anesh. “The March snow storms have put financial pressures on ...

Opioid crisis hits children, seniors across Middlesex County

April 13, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – Sayreville Police Chief John Zebrowski, sees the reports his officers file. Several times each week his officers respond to calls of an opioid drug overdose and find a person near death.

Officers must apply Narcan, a power antidote dispensed through the nose, that quick counteracts the overdose and saves the person for that episode. Too often, Zebrowsky says, the scene ...

Colorful Caladiums Brighten Shade Gardens All Season

April 23, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Tuck them into the garden, pop some in a container or dress up a window box. Then water as needed, add a bit of fertilizer and wait for the color explosion.

The showy heart-shaped leaves of caladiums come in combinations of pink, red, white and green. These heat-loving plants provide beautiful color all season long. Best of all, no deadheading is needed.

Caladiums can ...

First Horses Arrive For 2018 Monmouth Park Meet

April 21, 2018

OCEANPORT, N.J. — Kellyn Gorder's Draxhall Woods, who has been wintering at Fair Grounds, was the first horse to arrive at Monmouth Park when the back stretch opened in preparation for the 2018 season.

Veteran trainer Greg Sacco was on the halter when the gelding arrived to race for the 62nd time in his career when the Monmouth racing season opens on May 5.

Fifty-two racing ...

Former Gov. Florio, gun violence activists, offer blueprint

April 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Former Gov. James Florio recalls a curious detail about his 1974 Congressional run in New Jersey’s 1st Legislative District: He had the support of the National Rifle Association. 

In today’s political climate, a nod from the gun lobby for a Democratic candidate who supports gun control is unthinkable. But 40 years ago, it was not a big ...

Touch A Truck This Saturday at Manahawkin Lake Park Hosted by Stafford Chamber of Commerce

April 22, 2018

STAFFORD, NJ -  The Stafford Chamber of Commerce will host its fourth annual Touch A Truck event.  The Touch A Truck will be held this Saturday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be plenty of children activities such as face painting, a clown, bouncy house and more. The children can climb, learn and discover.

Many local vendors will be at the event. There will ...

Holy Savior Academy to Hold Open House on April 24

April 22, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Holy Savior Academy, an AdvancedED accredited Middlebrook Deanery Catholic School located in South Plainfield, will hold an open house the evening of Tuesday, April 24.At this time, prospective students and their families in pre-K3 through 8th grade will have the opportunity to tour the school, meet teachers and register. 

“Holy Savior ...

East Brunswick School Board Member Arrested for Engaging in Prostitution

April 20, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Robert Cancro, 66, a member of the East Brunswick Board of Education, was one of numerous men arrested for engaging in prostitution as part of an ongoing investigation by the Hazlet Police of a location on Route 36. 

Cancro was elected to the Board last year.  He has served as a teacher and an administrator for many years and is currently ...

Rutgers Professor Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

NEW BRUNSWICK - Helen M. Berman, Board of Governors distinguished professor emerita of chemistry and chemical Biology at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Berman is among 213 people elected to the academy this year, including author Ta-Nehisi Coates, actor Tom Hanks, President Barack Obama, Supreme ...

New DMV Facility in South Plainfield Should Ease Crunch in Somerville

April 22, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - B. Sue Fulton is just beginning to find her away around her new office in Trenton , but the newly-sworn director of the Department of Motor Vehicles found her way to Somerville Saturday at the invitation of state Sen. Christopher Kip Bateman for a visit to the local DMV office on Roosevelt Place which has been causing headaches for neighborhood residents.

She arrived 45 ...

Travels Review - Bon Jovi Rocked the Newark Rock and Now They Journey to the Birthplace of Rock and Roll

April 9, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - If you wanted to define New Jersey, two names come to mind:  Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen. 

Travels has had the pleasure of meeting and working with both and can vouch for their love of both the Garden State and greater New York area. This weekend they showed their appreciation to us with a special backstage tour and rock’n concert.

It ...

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South Plainfield

The Athlete of the Week Samantha Pullen Girls’ Spring Track

The South Plainfield High School Girls’ track team is off to another great start in the 2018 season.  Their record currently stands at 3-0. This past week, the Lady Tigers defeated divisional rivals Metuchen and Middlesex by the scores of 80-56 and 75-56.  They then went on to dominate Bishop Ahr by a score of 112-24.  Much of the Lady Tigers success has been due to the ...

The Athlete of the Week Tatianna Sutor Girls’ Lacrosse

The South Plainfield High School Girls’ Lacrosse team is off to a fantastic start to their 2018 season with a record of 2-0. This past week, the Lady Tigers crushed division rival Bishop Ahr by the score of 14-2, and then went on to beat Boonton 6-3.  A huge part of the success for South Plainfield has been due in a large part to the contributions of senior goalie Tatianna ...

Obituaries

Victor Kochmann, 92, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 surrounded by his loving family in ...
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Letters to the Editor

Letter Welcoming Mike Zushma to Politics

April 19, 2018

Dear Editor, 

I'd like to welcome Mike Zushma to the world of politics and congratulate him on being selected as the town's Democratic Chairman.

 

I've served as Republican chair since 2009, and I've always enjoyed spending my time helping good people get elected to office.  In South Plainfield, it's never about party:  People work together and try ...

Natalie Stilo Signs with Drew University Golf Team

April 20, 2018

Natalie Stilo, Senior at Bishop George Ahr High School, has signed with Drew University's golf team. Currently, Natalie is on Bishop Ahr's golf team. Golf became her passion after her 10 year career in gymnastics ended. She has been working on her golf game and is excited to have the opportunity to play for Drew. She will attend Drew University in the Fall, majoring in Molecular Biology ...

Community Happenings

South Plainfield High School Hall Of Fame Is Seeking Nominees

April 19, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield High School Hall of Fame Committee is again holding their search for candidates for induction into the SPHS Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame was established at South Plainfield High School to recognize outstanding graduates as leaders in their fields who could serve as role models for current and future students.

Candidates will be evaluated on ...

Kennedy School Welcomes Author Lisa Mullarkey

April 19, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Teacher and children’s author Lisa Mullarkey stopped by John F. Kennedy Elementary School on April 18. 

“This year’s guest author was very well received by our students and staff. Mrs. Mullarkey spent the day motivating our students to be future writers," said Kennedy Principal Kevin Hajduk. "It was a privilege for our students at ...

Holy Savior Academy to Hold Open House on April 24

April 18, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Holy Savior Academy, an AdvancedED accredited Middlebrook Deanery Catholic School located in South Plainfield, will hold an open house the evening of Tuesday, April 24.At this time, prospective students and their families in pre-K3 through 8th grade will have the opportunity to tour the school, meet teachers and register. 

“Holy Savior ...

Elks Lodge #2298 Hosted Princess Breakfast

April 19, 2018

The South Plainfield Elks Lodge #2298 Youth Activities Committee recently hosted a Princess breakfast, in conjunction with the South Plainfield Summer Drama Workshop.   On the menu we featured only the BEST breakfast in town.  Our lil princesses were able to come down to have their pictures taken with their favorite Disney characters. 

The South Plainfield Elks Lodge #2298 ...

Part Time Position in Municipal Court

The South Plainfield Borough is seeking to hire a part time person with strong customer service skills to perform detailed Municipal Court clerical work.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Answering telephone and walk in inquiries, data entry, maintaining files and records for accuracy, processing payments, related duties as required.

Successful candidates should process ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, April 23, 6:00 PM

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Taste of South Plainfield

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Sat, April 28, 9:00 AM

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Spring Wellness Health Fair - Mayor's Wellness

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Sat, April 28, 9:00 AM

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South Plainfield's Annual Health and Fitness Fair

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Sat, April 28, 7:00 PM

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A Tribute to our Veterans - Jim Barone

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Sun, April 29, 2:00 PM

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Autism Awareness Event on April 29th

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Sat, May 5, 9:00 AM

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Color Me Run to End Domestic Violence

Columns

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (Citadel Press, 1970)

 

How does a reviewer do justice to a book called “the great American novel”? I first read Johnny Got His Gun during the Viet Nam war, when young people, nationwide, were protesting fighting in a war that was a senseless waste of life; a war in which the United States had no business participating.

Bookmarks

Your library is a hub of education and entertainment that is available to you not just when the library is open, but at all hours, thanks to our great online resources.  

If you want to brush up on your computer skills, or learn something new, try Learning Express.  You can access it through the library’s website. Once you’ve registered (you’ll need ...

Suburban Woman’s Club Hears Presentation on WWII Air Force Service Pilots

During World War II, one thousand seventy-four aviators, all with prior experience and airman certificates, flew over 60 million miles; transported every type of military aircraft; towed targets for live anti-aircraft gun practice; simulated strafing missions and transported cargo. Thirty-eight members of this elite group lost their lives and one went missing in performing their ...

Press Releases

Taste of South Plainfield Set for Monday, April 23rd

April 22, 2018

The seventh annual Taste of South Plainfield, set for Monday, April 23 from 6 to 9 p.m., will offer an all-you-can-eat sampling of local fare, craft beer and wine. The South Plainfield Business Association-sponsored event will be held at South Plainfield Sen ior Center, 90 Maple Ave.

This very popular event will include ethnic specialties and desserts as well as a variety of wine and craft ...