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10u baseball Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament opening ceremony

July 19, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD -- The South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club (SPJBC) held the opening ceremony for the 2018 10U Cal Ripken Middle Atlantic Region Tournament under sunny blue skies at the SPJBC complex on Thursday morning.

It is the first time South Plainfield has ever hosted the tournament. The Tigers recently won District 9 and the Northern New Jersey state tournament title to advance to ...

South Plainfield to Host 10U Cal Ripken Middle Atlantic Regional Tournament

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club (SPJBC) will be hosting its first ever Cal Ripken Middle Atlantic Regional Tournament beginning this Thursday July 19. Teams from New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania will be staying in town over the weekend as some of the best 10 year-old baseball players in the Middle Atlantic States compete to advance ...

Meet South Plainfield Library Assistant Jailene Betancourt

July 21, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Growing up, Jailene Betancourt lived across the street from her local library and found a love of books and reading at an early age. 

“My parents started bringing me [to the library] when I was about four and then they started letting me cross the street by myself when I was eight,” said Betancourt, who has served as a part-time library assistant ...

At Holy Savior Academy, Pre-K Program Focuses on Academics, Socialization, and Faith

July 9, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Holy Savior Academy, a Middlebrook Deanery Catholic School, is currently accepting enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year. The South Plainfield-based school offers small classes, an enriching, competitive and differentiated curriculum, and a religious foundation for all students, beginning in pre-K.

“Holy Savior focuses on the whole child and ...

At Creative Kids Academy, Focus is on Social and Academic Development

July 19, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Summer might be in full swing, but back to school is just around the corner and at Creative Kids Academy (CKA) plans are already under way for September. The Clinton Avenue preschool will welcome students back on Sept. 5 and a few full- and half-day spots are still available. 

CKA offers a Pre-K program as well as 3- and 4-year-old and 2- and ...

Spotlight on Audrey Cupo, South Plainfield Public Library Assistant

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – TAPinto South Plainfield recently spoke with Audrey Cupo, a library assistant for children’s and adult services at the South Plainfield Public Library. 

Cupo, a lifelong resident of the borough, began working at the library back when she was a freshman at South Plainfield High School. She went on to earn a degree in psychology from Quinnipiac ...

KC’s Korner Stacks it’s Dining Lineup for Cal Ripken 10U Middle Atlantic Regional Tournament

July 18, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – This Thursday South Plainfield’s Junior Baseball Club will host it’s first ever Cal Ripken 10U Regional Tournament. South Plainfield’s 10U All-star team punched their ticket to the tournament with their 3-1 victory over North Hunterdon in the New Jersey State Finals. Just as the SPJBC is getting things in order so is KC’s Korner located at 100 ...

First Baptist Church Re-Adopts Church Street

July 19, 2018

Pastor Jesse Nietzer, on behalf of the First Baptist Church of South Plainfield, has signed an agreement with the South Plainfield Clean Business Association to renew the Church’s adoption of the entire length of Church Street and a piece of Hamilton Boulevard, from the Church to the Bound Brook.  Ten people will continue to collect litter from the street and at the dead ends into ...

Grand Marshal ‘Wall of Fame’ Now on Display at Borough Hall 

July 18, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Years of service to the Boy Scouts and months of dedication to fulfill an Eagle Scout project came to fruition this week for South Plainfield resident Joseph Kelly. 

A member of the Class of 2018 and Troop 207, Kelly compiled a ‘Wall of Fame’ at borough hall to recognize the men and women who, since 1961, have served as honorary ...

Ralph Errico Inducted into Babe Ruth League Middle Atlantic Region Hall of Fame

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Ralph Errico, principal of Franklin Elementary School in South Plainfield and a resident of Edison Township, was inducted this week into the Babe Ruth League Middle Atlantic Region Hall of Fame. 

Errico, who was nominated by Assistant State Baseball Commissioner Tony Tortora of North Arlington, NJ, was officially recognized by the organization ...

Chief Parker Reappointed Office of Emergency Management Coordinator

July 16, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield Chief of Police James Parker was reappointed and sworn in for a second 3 year term as the South Plainfield Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Coordinator at the July 9th Council Meeting.  Mayor Matthew Anesh also swore in Deputy OEM Coordinators Captain Charles Siedenburg, Captain Matthew Koep and Lieutenant Wendell Born.

“Hopefully, this ...

July 22nd Proclaimed “Parents Day”

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  - Mayor Matthew Anesh officially proclaimed July 22nd, to be recognized as “Parents Day” in the Borough of South Plainfield at the July 9th Council Meeting.

“No job presents greater challenges, presents broader responsibilities, promises or more profound rewards than parenthood,” read Anesh as he announced the proclamation.  ...

Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical Supply Goes Mobile

July 10, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Twin City Pharmacy and Surgical of South Plainfield now offers the convenience, security, and reliability of an app. Through the PocketRX app – available to Apple and Android users – customers can renew prescriptions, set reminders to take medications, select pickup or delivery, and stay up-to-date with daily health care news right from their phone ...

Equine Sanctuary Owner To Appear In Court On Animal Cruelty Charges

July 17, 2018

WATERFORD, N.J. — A woman operating an equine sanctuary is scheduled to appear in Camden County Superior Court on July 24 to answer dozens of charges after allegedly neglecting the animals in her care.

Sarah Rabinowitz, 62, of Waterford, who operates Labrador Hill Equine Sanctuary, was charged with with 57 counts of fourth degree “Causing Bodily Injury to a Living Animal or ...

Patriots' Seven-Game Win Streak Snapped

July 19, 2018

 

 

Waldorf, MD- The Somerset Patriots (7-1, 42-29) fell to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (4-4, 30-41) by a score of 4-3, snapping their season-high seven game win streak and ending their undefeated start to the second half on Wednesday night at Regency Furniture Stadium.

The Patriots scored first for the second consecutive night on Wednesday when Justin Trapp recorded ...

Flores Powers Patriots to 5th Straight Win

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots (5-0, 40-28) defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers (1-4, 39-29) 3-1 at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday evening.

David Kubiak (5-1) allowed a run on four hits and struck out five to earn the win. It was his third straight outing with seven-plus innings pitched and his second straight win.

“Not a lot was working and I kind of labored a little on this ...

South Plainfield Police Investigators Seek Public’s Help in Fatal Crash

July 13, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Police Department and Middlesex County Prosecutors Office are looking for the public’s help in the July 4, 2018 fatal motorcycle accident that killed 28 year-old Jessica Montes of Piscataway.

According to police, the accident occurred at approximately 4:50am as the vehicle Montes was a passenger lost control and crashed on New Brunswick ...

Green Brook Burglary Suspect Nabbed in South Plainfield

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. – Police nabbed a man, suspected of committing a burglary in Green Brook, on July 6th 2018 while performing a motor vehicle stop on West 8th. According to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, police arrested, Khiry Moody, age 28, of Sumner Avenue, Plainfield, New Jersey on suspicion of burglary.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on July 6, 2018, at ...

Festival of the Sea at St. Francis in Brant Beach August 8-12

July 13, 2018

BRANT BEACH - Everyone enjoys the excitement of a summer carnival.  It brings out the child in all of us.  Since 1975, St. Francis of Assisi Parish has been hosting the Festival of the Sea Carnival, annually.   The Festival of the Sea begins Wednesday, August 8, and continues through Sunday, August 12. The carnival will be open nightly (weather permitting) from 6:00 to ...

Lamastra of Real Estate in Scotch Plains

July 12, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- When Paul Lamastra started working full-time at ERA Suburb Realty in 1985, Ronald Reagan was in the White House, Live Aid raised $50 million for famine relief, and Michael Jordan was the NBA’s Rookie of the Year.

Since then, real estate prices in Scotch Plains and Fanwood have risen dramatically, as have taxes. The sizes of homes in the area have expanded ...

South Plainfield Elks Unveil Restored Flag Retirement Drop Off Box

July 19, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ –The South Plainfield Elks Motorcycle Cycle Committee on July 16 unveiled a restored Flag Retirement Box outside of Lodge #2298.  Residents can deposit torn, tattered and/or old flags in the box and the Elks will ensure that they are disposed of in a dignified way. 

“It is specifically painted so that individuals know it is ...

FBI Agent Charged with Photographing a Woman in a Store Dressing Room

July 20, 2018

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - When a woman was changing in a dressing room of an Edison clothing store, she did not know that she was being photographed against her will by a federal officer.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Thomas Bryan of the Edison Police Department said today that a FBI Special Agent has been charged with illegally photographing a 22-year woman in a ...

Rutgers Hikes Tuition, Student Fees for 2018-2019 Academic Year

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University Board of Governors today approved a 2.3 percent hike in tuition and fees, as well as increases for dorm rooms and meals, for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The increase now brings the annual cost for undergraduate students to $14,975, which is $337 more than this past school year.

Student housing will increase 1.9 percent, and ...

Hillsborough Cops Take a Break for Coffee and Conversation with Residents

July 10, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The baristas at Starbucks got some help Tuesday right after the lunch crowd crush, with more than a dozen Hillsborough police officers in uniform helping to serve coffee, frappuccinos, shakes,  cappuccinos and pastries – mixed in with some earnest conversations.

Led by Police Chief Darren Powell, who spoke with customers and PBA President Chris Giraldi, who worked ...

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Obituaries

Chief Michael J. Cleary, Sr. 66, of South Plainfield, died suddenly on July 14, 2018. Born and ...
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Letters to the Editor

Carly Kensey Graduates from ECU

July 13, 2018

GREENVILLE, NC -- Carly Kensey of South Plainfield graduated with a BA-Psychology from East Carolina University during spring commencement exercises May 4 in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

The fireworks capped off a new format for ECU's 109th spring commencement ceremony, which was held in the evening for the first time.

The keynote speaker for commencement was Linda McMahon, administrator of ...

Community Happenings

Adult “crafternoon” at the South Plainfield Public Library

July 15, 2018

Crafting isn't just for kids anymore!  Come to the South Plainfield Library on Saturday July 28 at 2pm for a fun filled “crafternon” for adults with crafter Patricia Dahl.  Crafters will be decorating a wine bottle. We will supply all the materials, just come and enjoy! If you have a glue gun at home, if you could bring it to the craft program.  Registration is ...

Frist Baptist Church of South Plainfield to Host Annual Vacation Bible School

July 17, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - First Baptist Church of South Plainfield will be holding their annual Vacation Bible School program the week of August 6-10 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. This free VBS program is open to children entering Kindergarten through entering 6th grade. Children will participate in this exciting experience learning how God is faithful and keeps His promises through Bible stories, songs, ...

South Plainfield Police Hiring Per-Diem Dispatchers

The South Plainfield Police Department is accepting applications for Per-Diem Police Dispatcher.  The following are the minimum requirements for applicants:

Must be at least 18 years of age
Must have a High School diploma or GED
Must be certified in 9-1-1, EMD and CPR
Must pass a background check and a computerized Dispatch test
Must be able to multi-task while using Police, ...

Columns

Diegnan Bill to Establish Asset Forfeiture Reporting and Transparency Requirements Passes Senate

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD) – Legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. that establishes asset forfeiture reporting and transparency requirements passed the full Senate today.

“Across New Jersey, law enforcement can confiscate cash, cars and other property from people, often without ever charging them with a crime,” said Senator Diegnan (D-Middlesex) “While ...

People I've Known and Been: Little by Little by Rich Little

People I've Known and Been: Little by Little by Rich Little (Dog Ear Publishing, 2015)

 

Rich Little is a national treasure; a living encyclopedia of movie stars, comedians, and former presidents all wrapped into one dynamic package. Recently, my husband and I had the good fortune to see Little perform at the Tropicana in Las Vegas, where he has been doing his uncanny ...

Bookmarks

Come join us Monday, July 23 at 6:30 PM for Monday Night Movies.  This week’s selection stars Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, and it follows their characters as they journey across the country in a RV, rekindling their passion for life and their romance.  It is rated R.  If you cannot make it to the Monday night showing, there is a second screening on Wednesday, July 25 ...

Press Releases

ICE ERO Newark Arrests 37 Individuals in Middlesex County During Enforcement Surge

July 18, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Newark Field Office arrested 37 individuals during a five-day operation that concluded Friday, as part of the agency’s ongoing public safety efforts. The operation targeted criminal aliens who were previously incarcerated at the Middlesex County Jail (MCJ), and who were subsequently ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...