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Tigers Wrestling: South Plainfield Pins Piscataway 44-21

January 18, 2018

PISCATAWAY -- South Plainfield High School wrestling coach Bill Pavlak returned to Piscataway High School for a dual match Wednesday evening for the first time since stepping down as the coach of the Chiefs to return to coach the Tigers again before the 2016-17 season.

Behind a fast start and dominating finish, South Plainfield defeated Piscataway, 44-21.

Pavlak previously spent eight years ...

South Plainfield Bowling: Tigers Sweep South River 4-0

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – The South Plainfield Boys and Girls Bowling teams both swept the three games and the series to defeat South River 4-0. The boys victory improves the Tigers record to an impressive 11-1 on the season while the girls victory improves their record to 9-5 on the season.

Below is the box score from today’s matches:

South Girls: 749 – 750 – 836 = ...

Spelling Bee Contest - January 23, 2018

January 14, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Suburban Woman's Club and the South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission will host the fourth annual Spelling Bee Contest on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The fourth annual Spelling Bee Contest will be open to all 4th and 5th grade students who attend any school in the Borough of South Plainfield, any student residing in South Plainfield attending a ...

No Increase in South Plainfield Community Pool Fees for 2018 Season

January 21, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The lazy, hazy days of summer may feel a long way off – around 150 but who's counting – but in the Borough of South Plainfield, plans are already under way for the opening of the community pool.

At the borough’s Jan. 8 meeting, the council voted 5-0 in favor of over a dozen resolutions, including setting pool fees for the ...

South Plainfield Board of Education Committee Appointments Announced

January 13, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – At a meeting Jan. 10, South Plainfield Board of Education President Bill Seesselberg announced committee appointments for 2018.

"The committees for 2018 were set up to be efficient and productive, drawing on the experience, backgrounds, and ideas of the members of the board,” Seesselberg told TAPinto South Plainfield.

For 2018, committee appointments ...

Wine Country’s Request to Relocate Approved by South Plainfield Borough Council

January 10, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Borough Council, at its first public meeting of 2018, granted Wine Country’s restriction request, allowing the beer-liquor-wine distributor the right to relocate from one area of the municipality to another. While the council’s 5-0 vote means Wine Country can move out of the Hadley Center and into the Maple Avenue shopping center, it ...

Thursday Curbside Recycling Section to Get a Do-Over

January 8, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A snow storm canceled recycling pickup in the Thursday section last week.

Due to frigid weather from Friday through Sunday, the makeup collection scheduled for January 6 was not completed successfully.  Therefore, the Thursday section will be picked up again on Thursday, January 11.

The next regular collection will be done as scheduled on ...

Applications Available for DeLeeuw Scholarship

January 16, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - High school seniors wishing to apply for the Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship should obtain applications now from their school guidance office.  The scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000.  Deadline for submission of applications is Wednesday, March 7th, 2018.

Previous DeLeeuw scholarship recipients already in college are eligible to re-apply.  They must submit ...

South Plainfield Library Board Reorganizes, Recognizes Outgoing President

January 22, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Library Board held its 2018 reorganization meeting earlier this month.  

At the Jan. 9 meeting, the nine-member board unanimously elected Cheryl Nagel-Smiley as president as well as re-elected Gary Jones as vice president and Melissa Katsingris as treasurer. For 2018,the board also includes members Robert Bengivenga, Frank Lemos, Ray ...

Burst Pipe Causes Minimal Damage, Downtime to South Plainfield PAL

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  – Things were back to normal at the South Plainfield PAL building on Monday morning after a three-day closure due to a burst pipe.

In the early hours of Jan. 4, Department of Public Works employee Tommy Zazzara discovered the gym floor covered in water and called fellow borough employee Angelo Paradiso to come shut off the valve. Borough Administrator ...

Muhlenberg Hospital Site Set for New Life

January 8, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - An adaptive reuse project aims to breathe new life into the shuttered Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield.  The City Council recently approved a plan by Muhlenberg Urban Renewal, LLC, an affiliate of Bloomfield-based Community Healthcare Associates (CHA), to develop a 186,000 square foot medical arts complex and 120 luxury residential apartments.  

Construction is ...

Safely Manage Insects on Indoor Plants

January 18, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Winter can be hard on gardeners and our indoor plants. Low light, shorter days and dry air stress our houseplants while helping insects thrive. Don’t despair if insects have moved in and your plants are struggling with yellow or speckled leaves. Instead, invest a bit of time and effort managing these pests and keeping your plants looking their best.

Start by making ...

Rutgers Equestrian Team Coach Elected As IHSA Second Vice President

January 18, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) held their annual board meeting in Orlando, Florida, Jan. 3-6. The 55-member board met in general session and in individual committees during the three-day event.

Kelly Francfort Named Second Vice President

Kelly Francfort, coach of the Rutgers team, chair of IHSA Zone 3 and the public relations committee, was named ...

Jury Finds Pit Bull Owner Responsible, Landlord Negligent in 2015 Attack on South Plainfield Woman, Dog at Spring Lake Park

January 19, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ –  A jury in Middlesex County Court earlier this month ruled in favor of the South Plainfield resident attacked by a dog at Spring Lake Park nearly three years ago. According to plaintiff Katie Stilo, both the property owner and the owner of the dog were found to be negligent in the 2015 attack on her and her dog.

On the afternoon of May 3, 2015, Katie ...

Former EMT and Firefighter Admits Enticing Child to Produce Sexually Explicit Images

January 17, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. – Zachary Motta, 23, of Iselin, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to an information charging him with one count of online enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.

Motta a former South Plainfield Volunteer EMT and Iselin Volunteer Fireman admitted enticing a child to produce sexually explicit images, U.S. Attorney Craig ...

Couple Injured in East Hendricks House Fire

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – An elderly man and woman were each injured as a fast-moving house fire swept through their East Hendricks Boulevard home. South Plainfield Fire units responded to an active structure fire at the 400 block of East Hendricks Boulevard a little after 6:00 pm Sunday evening. According to neighbors at the scene the elderly couple who live at the ...

Lower Tuition Under Murphy? Not So Fast, Rutgers Pres. Says

January 22, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy, following his inauguration last week, ​ticked off a list of lofty goals and​ progressive​ proposals for the state. 

Yet allies and opponents have shown skepticism, or at least questioned, his vision for New Jersey

Rutgers President Robert Barchi made himself no exception, during ​a start-of-the-semester kick-off address at the Rutgers ...

State Theatre's CEO Steps Down After Four Months

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city’s world-renowned State Theatre is without a leader, after Anna Marie Gewirtz, acting president and CEO, stepped down in December 2017.

Kelly Blithe, communications director for the non-profit, confirmed on the morning of Jan. 18 that Gewirtz had left the theatre’s top job, but declined to provide a reason for her departure.

In the meantime, the ...

More Than 25 Cats, 1 Dog Rescued From Deplorable Conditions in Woodland Park Hoarding Case

January 21, 2018

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Over 25 cats and one dog were were removed from deplorable conditions in a home of a local elderly woman.

Passaic County S.P.C.A. Humane Police and Wayne Township Animal Control, who services the Borough of Woodland Park, responded to the home at 15 Hillery St. on a report of animals living in deplorable conditions in a home without ...

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The Athlete of the Week Kayla Greenleaf Girls’ Winter Track

The Girls Winter Track Program ran away with the Blue Division Championship Saturday as they out hustled, jumped and threw their way past rivals JFK, Metuchen, Spotswood and Bishop Ahr.  South Plainfield was anchored by a balanced attack in the Shot Put, High Jump, Hurdles, 2 Mile, and 4 x 400 meter relay.  It was not just those with medals who paced the ladies to the divisional ...

The Athlete of the Week: Giovanni Dudley Boys’ Basketball

The South Plainfield Boys’ Basketball team is continually improving throughout the season.  The Tigers finished as runner-ups at the 9th Annual Anthony Cotoia Holiday Basketball Tournament. They then pushed one of the better teams in the GMC, Bishop Ahr, losing close, by a score of 66-74.  Things came together for South Plainfield on Saturday, as they knocked off GMC White ...

Obituaries

James V. Eckert, former South Plainfield resident James V. Eckert, 83, of Waretown, N.J., ...
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Letters to the Editor

Thank you from Heather Barry

January 9, 2018

As another year comes to a close, the South Plainfield Social Services has again, had a very successful “Adopt a Family for the Holiday” program.  As a new director, I am in complete awe over the generosity and kindness of our South Plainfield residents.  Together, this community helped provide food and gifts for over 80 South Plainfield families in need. 

Every ...

South Plainfield Residents Named to Middlesex County College Dean's List

January 22, 2018

A total of 1253 students were named to the Middlesex County College Dean’s List for fall 2017. From South Plainfield:

Johny Khalaf, Madison Faustini, Jamie Donato, Chelsea Alers, Maham Ali, Jonathan Conrad, Brian Cullen, Jorgen Holtermann, Vincent Pellegrino, Brittany Santos, Sara Abdeljaber, Alejandra Aguilar, Ariel Buenano Salazar, Jack Cochrane, Tony Le, Matthew Ozbalik, Nicholas ...

Community Happenings

The Sacred Heart Lenten Fish Dinners

January 17, 2018

The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203 and Sacred Heart Church, will again be sponsoring their world famous Lenten Fish Dinners on February 16th, February 23rd, March 2nd, March 9th, March 16th and March 23rd

Dinners will be served in the Holy Savior Academy Cafeteria located at 149 South Plainfield Ave, South Plainfield, from 5PM to 7PM each Friday during Lent.

The menu ...

South Plainfield Cultural Arts holding 2018 Talent Showcase

January 9, 2018

The South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission is hosting our 10th annual talent showcase for the residents of South Plainfield. We will have auditions on February 3rd and 11th from 2-5PM at Wesley Methodist Church on Plainfield Avenue. The showcase will be March 4th at 4 PM at Wesley Methodist Church.

 

All talents and ages are welcome to audition for the show. If you have any ...

Man Arrested for Scamming Victims to Cash Stolen Checks

On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, the South Plainfield Police Department arrested a 29 year old Plainfield resident for scamming people into cashing stolen checks.

On January 2, 2018, Kyle Williams entered the Wells Fargo Bank on Plainfield Ave within the borough and convinced a customer to cash a check for him because his identification was expired.  The victim ...

South Plainfield Municipal Court Clerk – Part-time

South Plainfield Municipal Court Clerk – Part-time – The Borough of South Plainfield is looking for a part-time clerk to work in the Municipal Court Office.   Responsibilities shall include but are not limited to answering phones, data entry, processing payments, maintaining files and handling walk-in inquiries.

Successful candidates should possess experience in customer ...

Baby, It's Cold Outside, But It's Warm in the Senior Center

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, Nj - It may be cold outside, but at 90 Maple Avenue, the Senior Citizens Center of South Plainfield, the seniors are toasty and very busy. While golf and walks in the park are far off for now, the group is enjoying all kinds of celebrations, starting with a Brunch and Karaoke on Thursday, January 19 at 11:00 am.

January 23, 11:30 am is set for the date to celebrate ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, February 3, 2:00 PM

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South Plainfield Library Presents: Martin Luther ...

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Sat, February 3, 2:00 PM

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South Plainfield Cultural Arts - 2018 Talent ...

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Sun, February 4, 9:00 AM

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Blood Drive at Church of Sacred Heart

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Tue, February 6, 8:00 AM

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11th Annual Blood drive - Feb 6, 2018

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Fri, February 9, 6:30 PM

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Designer Bag Bingo - Roosevelt PTO's Annual Event

Sun, February 11, 2:00 PM

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South Plainfield Cultural Arts - 2018 Talent ...

Columns

Vitale & Diegnan Bill to Combat Opioid Crisis Goes to Governor

TRENTON – The Senate and Assembly today gave final approval to legislation sponsored by Senate Health Chairman Joseph F. Vitale and Senator Patrick Diegnan Jr. to strengthen New Jersey’s laws in order to combat the opioid crisis in the state. The bill now goes to the governor’s desk.

 

“New Jersey has taken forceful action to combat the opioid epidemic. This ...

The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb

The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb (Atria Books, 2017)

 

Sharyn McCrumb is, quite simply, an American gem, and one of my favorite authors. From her books set in Appalachia with strange characters who remind us of our pioneer past, to St. Dale, a masterpiece about the legendary car racer, Dale Earnhardt in McCrumb's NASCAR series, McCrumb's poetic language and attention to ...

Bookmarks

Did you miss a movie that you wanted to see in the theaters and don’t want to pay to rent it or for the DVD? Come to “Monday Night Movies” at the library.  It’s all the fun of a movie theater but none of the cost.  We are showing brand new releases every Monday night and we will be providing popcorn for all who attend. This week’s movie stars Judi Dench, ...

The Sacred Heart Lenten Fish Dinners

The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203 and Sacred Heart Church, will again be sponsoring their world famous Lenten Fish Dinners on February 16th, February 23rd, March 2nd, March 9th, March 16th and March 23rd

Dinners will be served in the Holy Savior Academy Cafeteria located at 149 South Plainfield Ave, South Plainfield, from 5PM to 7PM each Friday during Lent.

The menu ...

Mark Zuckerberg Should Be Concerned About His Legacy; Punishing Legitimate Media Organizations and Small Businesses Isn’t the Answer; Regulation Is

Facebook recently announced it will be changing its feed and algorithms so that news from publishers and posts from businesses will be relegated in favor of posts about your neighbor’s cat. 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is making these changes because he is concerned about his legacy and that of the company he founded. If ...

Follow the Money

In 2013 a man in the UK cleaned out his junk drawer and absently tossed an old hard drive dismantled from a Dell Computer into the trash.  The hard drive, rusting in landfill somewhere in Wales, contains 7500 bitcoins. 

  

At the time, his staggering loss was about $4 million.  But if he had wisely invested his failing hard drive in a bank safe deposit box his ...

Press Releases

Cub Scout Pack 224 Takes Aim!

January 22, 2018

Twenty Scouts from Riley School's Cub Scout Pack 224 took part in a BB Gun class at the Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation in Stanhope, NJ on January 21, 2018.  The sessions included Scouts from kindergarten to grade 5.  Instructor Tom Stoddard, trained and certified by Boy Scouts of America, led the Scouts in this exciting adventure! The Boy Scouts of America outlines requirements ...