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SPHS Bowling: Menkin and Boffard Roll South Plainfield Past Old Bridge

December 13, 2017

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – The South Plainfield Boys’ Bowling Team continued their march of perfection through GMC competition defeating Old Bridge 4-0. The Tigers won all three games and the series pin count by a total of 3,042 pins to 2,615 pins. Mike Menkin led the Tigers rolling a 258 game high and a series high 669. Teammate Shaun Boffard followed close behind with a series of ...

DelVecchio and Suriano Win, but Rutgers Falls to Iowa 23-15

PISCATAWAY -- Wrestling is a sport where the athletes are tough, nasty, and egotistic in a way. They also say what’s on their minds no matter what.

Coming into Friday night’s dual meet between No. 7 Iowa and No. 16 Rutgers, there was a lack of respect from the Iowa side toward Rutgers. And after the Scarlet Knights won the first three matches of the night before a Rutgers Athletic ...

South Plainfield Native Antonette Hudak Heads West to Pursue Her Dreams

December 14, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The past few years have been quite exciting for South Plainfield native Antonette ‘Toni’ Hudak.

When TAPinto last spoke to Hudak, back in the fall of 2015, she was busy promoting a short play she wrote and starred in. She has performed on stage in various projects as well as worked behind the scenes on others. Most recently, Hudak, who packed her ...

Creative Kids Academy of South Plainfield Gearing up for 2018

December 8, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Creative Kids Academy (CKA) is currently giving tours for the 2018-2019 school year with registration set to begin Monday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. Located on Clinton Avenue, the preschool has spots available in its full- and half-day Pre-K program as well as its 3- and 4-year-old and 2- and 3-year-old classes. Additionally, as in the past, summer camp and ...

Through Fundraising Initiative, Kennedy School Honors Country's Fallen Heroes

December 15, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Back in October, students, parents, and staff at John F. Kennedy Elementary launched a school wide fundraising group in support of Wreaths Across America (WWA).

A national non-profit organization, WWA’s mission is to ‘to remember’ fallen U.S. veterans, ‘honor’ those who serve, and ‘teach’ children the value of freedom. Each ...

South Plainfield High School Chamber Choir Performs at Radio City Music Hall

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield’s High School Chamber Choir performed onstage at Radio City Music Hall before the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the famous Rockettes on Nov. 30th.

“It was a day to remember for the rest of our lives,”  said Dr. Donna Kregler, Director of Choral Activities for SPHS. “The view of the Music Hall was outstanding. The ...

Ring in the New Year at Southside Clam Bar & Restaurant

December 11, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in the new year with family and friends at South Plainfield's Southside Clam Bar & Restaurant.

“Overall, 2017 has been a great year for us and it is all thanks to our customers,” said Southside owner Alexis Broehl, a South Plainfield native who opened the New Market Avenue establishment earlier this year.

Cookie-Palooza: Butter Pecan Cookies

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - My grandmother loved butter - she cooked in nothing but, she was fond of melba toast lathered in the stuff, her favorite candy was butter crunch, her favorite cookie was a pecan sandy and her favorite ice cream was butter pecan.  So this year I went in search of a cookie that reminded me of my Grandma who passed away just a month shy of her 98th birthday.  ...

Austin Family Renews Adopt-A-Spot Contract

December 10, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Ms. Elizabeth Austin has renewed the Austin Family’s Adopt-A-Spot agreement with the South Plainfield Clean Business Association for the coming two years.  She and her son will continue to do monthly litter cleanups along Plainfield Avenue between Maple Avenue and the 7-11 at the corner of Sampton Avenue.

In renewing the contract, Ms. Austin noted that they ...

Seniors Meet the Mayor for Breakfast

December 3, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield Seniors attended “Meet the Mayor” at the South Plainfield Senior Center this past Saturday for breakfast and got the opportunity to ask the Mayor questions about the Borough. The event, which lasted nearly two hours, covered an array of topics regarding the return of the motor vehicle offices to South Plainfield, speed tables, taxes, ...

Tackling Addiction: 2nd Annual Anti-Drug and Alcohol Conference Held in South Plainfield

December 7, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The 2nd Annual Anti-Drug and Alcohol Conference, sponsored by the South Plainfield Mayor’s Wellness Committee and held at the senior center, took place Dec. 5. Residents had the opportunity to ask questions as well as listen to testimonies from a panel of special guest speakers, including medical and legal professionals and those with first hand ...

Senate Bill Would End NJSPCA's Powers To Enforce Animal Cruelty Laws

December 11, 2017

A bill that would remove the law enforcement powers of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) will be up for a vote on Dec. 14 before the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Bill S3558, sponsored by Senator Ray Lesniak, Democrat from Union County, would call for the creation of a county prosecutor animal cruelty task force in each county, and for ...

Hillsborough: "Santa's Elves" Assemble 1,500 Care Packages for US Troops Overseas

December 3, 2017

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Rotary Club of Hillsborough, joined by Operation Shoebox New Jersey, recruited hundreds of "elves" to help assemble 1,500 Christmas and holiday gift packages for shipment to US troops overseas during the Rotary's VI annual packing event at the Hillsborough YMCA Saturday.

"Operation Santa's Elves" received a big boost from shoppers at ACME ...

South Plainfield Resident Among Gang Members Charged In Massive Crime Spree Including Gas Station Robbery, Shooting

December 13, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK – Police charged seven “major gang” members with a series of serious crimes spanning several communities including the Oct. 15 robbery of the BP Gas Station on Route 27 where the attendant was shot and critically injured, officials announced Wednesday afternoon.

The arrest of the seven members of a major gang, came following an extensive investigation of a ...

Don't Miss These Garden State Holiday Light Delights

December 9, 2017

NEW JERSEY - There are so many fun, family-friendly holiday activities it’s hard to pack them all in. However, if you’re looking for something simple that’s a throwback to your own childhood, make time to see these fabulous light displays that really get folks in the holiday mood.

Jenkinson’s Sea of Lights - Summer isn’t the only time to hit the boardwalk in ...

Holy Savior Academy Presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

December 10, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  -  Holy Savior Academy in South Plainfield presented their fall production of Barbara Robinson’s classic story, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, on December 1st.  The cast and crew featured 65 performers from the school’s Drama Club from third through eighth grades.

“I think the kids did a fantastic job,” said Eva Tripodi, Enrichment ...

Former Rutgers student pleads guilty to involvement cyber attack which crashed internet at university

December 13, 2017

TRENTON, NJ - A former Rutgers student pleaded guilty to his involvement in a series of cyber attacks against the Rutgers University computer network, which left the internet crippled for days at a time, US Department of Justice Officials announced on December 13.

Paras Jha, 21, of Fanwood, faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, US officials announced, after he pled ...

State unveils $1.3 million grant to Rutgers opioid treatment program

PISCATAWAY, NJ - ​Solutions to the state's opiod crisis has landed in the lap of Rutgers University. ​The ​university's ​New Jersey Healthcare Development Center ​is being armed with $1.3 million to launch a statewide Certified A​l​cohol and Drug Counselor apprenticeship program​, in the latest effort to battle opiod addiction.​

With the ​state ​grant, the ...

Raritan Valley Line Suspended After Freight Train Derailment

December 8, 2017

UNION, NJ - A freight train derailed in Union at about 2:15 p.m. this afternoon. 

Preliminary details indicate that the train derailed past the Union Train Station.  According to Township of Union Business Administrator, the freight train contained 141 cars.  Eight were involved in the derailment.  Information on the contents of the freight cars is not yet ...

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South Plainfield

The Athlete of the Week: Shaun Boffard Boys’ Bowling

The South Plainfield Boys’ Bowling Team continues from their success of last season.  Coming off a Blue Division Title, and having many bowlers returning, The South Plainfield Boys’ Bowling Team has high standards for the season.  The team started off the year by defeating South River 4-0 on Friday, December 1, 2017.  The Tigers then traveled up to Bergen Catholic High ...

Obituaries

South Plainfield – Nina “Antonina” Basilone (DiPasquale) passed away unexpectedly ...
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Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor from Mayor's Wellness Committee

December 14, 2017

Letter To The Editor:

South Plainfield Mayor Matt Anesh and the Mayor's Wellness Committee hosted the 2nd annual Anti Drug and Alcohol Conference at the South Plainfield Senior Center on December 5, 2017.  "Dr. " Nick Sottiriou and I began contacting a panel of guest speakers, who would be able to inform the residents and guests about various ...

Community Happenings

Santa Paws is Making a Stop at the Southside Dog Park

December 12, 2017

Are you in need of a Christmas card photo with your fur baby this year? Well, the Southside Dog Park has just the ticket for you! Join us for photos with Santa, and mingle with other dogs.  Bring your camera this Saturday, December 16th from 10 am to 11 am at the Southside Dog Park located on New Market Avenue.

South Plainfield Students Spread Cheer to Show They Care

December 12, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Handmade inspirational and holiday cards created by students at John F. Kennedy and John E. Riley Elementary students will soon be on their way to hospitalized children throughout the United States.

Earlier this month, a character education initiative focusing on ‘caring’ and ‘kindness’ was launched at the two schools. “We really ...

Holy Savior Academy Presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

December 10, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  -  Holy Savior Academy in South Plainfield presented their fall production of Barbara Robinson’s classic story, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, on December 1st.  The cast and crew featured 65 performers from the school’s Drama Club from third through eighth grades.

“I think the kids did a fantastic job,” said Eva Tripodi, Enrichment ...

Bishop James Checchio visited Holy Savior Academy

Bishop James Checchio visited Holy Savior Academy on Tuesday November 28th.  Bishop Checchio was the main celebrant of the school mass held at The Church of the Sacred Heart.  This Mass also coincided with the 8th Grade Ring Ceremony.

Bishop Checchio spoke to the students, families and friends in attendance about “Thanking God first.”  He also spoke directly to the ...

The South Plainfield Lions Club Celebrates 70 Years of Service

December 6, 2017

As we all begin to reflect on another year past, your South Plainfield Lions Club continues to serve the community.  This year, we are helping over 100 families through FISH enjoy meals for the holidays.  

This year alone, we have provided over 1000 pounds of vegetables to local soup kitchens.  This ensures that those in need can continue to receive meals throughout the ...

Press Release – Residential Burglary

South Plainfield Police responded to a residential burglary which occurred on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, shortly before 1:00 PM to a home on Woodland Ave.  Access was gained to the home and electronic items and jewelry were stolen.
A witness saw two black men 20's-30's dressed in all black, both wearing black hoods one carrying a large black duffel bag with red trim walking ...

Middle School National Honor Society Help to Decorate Senior Center

The Middle School Junior National Honor Society was instrumental in hanging all the beautiful decorations at the senior center.   The students set aside 3 afternoons to complete the task.

 Donna Tierney is the advisor of this amazing group of students.    The teachers took the time to walk students after school to the Senior center and supervise their ...

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Sat, December 16, 10:00 AM

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Open House 712 Maple Avenue South Plainfield, NJ

Real Estate

Columns

A Winter Saturday in South Plainfield

Dear Residents:

There is no better job than being Mayor of my hometown of South Plainfield. Last Saturday, was one of those days. I sit back and say how thankful I am, to you the residents and the town I call home.

The morning started off with breakfast with the Mayor at the South Plainfield Senior Center. I am glad I had my coffee because everyone was wide awake. There ...

Victoria and Albert: A Royal Love Affair by Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan

Victoria and Albert: A Royal Love Affair by Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan (St. Martin's Press, 2017)

Several months ago I reviewed the magnificent compendium Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin Manuel Miranda. This charming edition is a must for anyone who is planning to see the Hamilton in order to become familiarized with the libretto and prepare him/herself for an extra-ordinary ...

Bookmarks

Come join us at the library for Monday Night Movies!  On December 18 at 6:30 PM, we will be showing a new romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen, and Nat Wolff.  Witherspoon plays a single mother who allows three young men to move into her house; let the antics ensue.   If you cannot make it to our Monday night showing, it will also be shown ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Westfield's Jackie Lieberman

This week's feature will focus on TAPintoWestfield franchisee, Jackie Lieberman. Find out what makes TAPintoWestfield.net different than the competition, what she did before coming onto TAPinto.net and how an inexperienced sales person became one of TAPinto's most successful franchisee's. 

 

When did you join TAPinto.net?:

I started as a freelance reporter in 2011 ...

The Thought that Counts

The other day I was talking to our cat . . .  

Hmmm.  It says here that dogs are smarter than cats.

What are you reading, Mad Magazine?

No seriously, this article in the Times claims that a scientific study conducted at Vanderbilt University recently discovered that dogs have twice as many neurons as cats in the analytic part of their brains.

Yeah, but they only use a ...

Johnny Four Fingers Week #14 NFL Picks

CALABASH, NC – So much for my good Thanksgiving. I was horrible last week. I went 1-4. My only win was Miami and no one watched that game anyway. A guy Andy emailed me to say my picks were late. That has been the least of my problems. I’m not sure what the technical difficulties may be, but the bigger issue is my picks have stunk.

I’m in Jersey now for the holidays, so my ...

Suburban Woman’s Club Rings in the Holidays!

The Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield began celebrating the holiday season on December 3rd with its annual Theater Party at the Historical Edison Valley Playhouse.  At a sold-out performance, the audience was treated to “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” a delightful and heartwarming musical.

Continuing with the holiday spirit, the Club donated to ...

Press Releases

ESCNJ Prepares Students For Independent Living

December 14, 2017

PISCATAWAY--While discussing Community-based Instruction (CBI) on the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey’s (ESCNJ) Better Together podcast, first year South River Public Schools Superintendent Sylvia Zircher remarked on the organizations value in “teaching you how to fish,” when it comes to operating educational programs.

 Ms. Zircher, a first year ESCNJ Board ...