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Double-doubles from Greenleaf, O'Brien help Lady Tigers Edge Metuchen 45-41; Extend Winning Streak to Six

January 21, 2017

METUCHEN, NJ - It may only be mid-season, but it seems safe to say the South Plainfield High School girls basketball team has been having a pleasantly surprising year so far. The young Tigers (8-4) have been overcoming their inexperience and racking up wins, and today, they got a chance to keep their streak going in an away game against GMC rival Metuchen.

A 40-minute delayed start and some ...

Rutgers Wrestling Floods Dam, Beats Oregon State Beavers 38-3

PISCATAWAY -- Boom.

The Rutgers University wrestling team had something to prove after losing to No. 2 Penn State last Friday. So, all the 11th-ranked Scarlet Knights (8-2) did was strung together nine-straight wins to start the match (only losing the final heavyweight bout) en route to a dominating 38-3 victory over the Oregon State Beavers Friday night at the Rutgers Athletic Center in ...

Chinese New Year Celebration to Be Held February 4 in South Plainfield

January 21, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ ­– The South Plainfield Public Library and South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission, through a partnership with Buddha's Light International Association - New Jersey Chapter (BLIA-NJ), will sponsor a Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 4. The free event will take place at the South Plainfield Senior Center from 12 to 3:30 p.m. and feature ...

3rd Annual Spelling Bee Scheduled for February 7 in South Plainfield

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission, South Plainfield Middle School PTO, and the South Plainfield Suburban Woman’s Club will host the borough’s 3rd annual Spelling Bee at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7. The competition, which will be held at the South Plainfield Senior Center, is open to all fourth and fifth graders attending school or residing ...

Jaime Giannakis Returns to South Plainfield as High School Guidance Counselor

January 12, 2017

(Editor's Note: Katelyn Borso is a senior at South Plainfield High School and an intern for TAPinto South Plainfield.) 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Jaime Giannakis, a lifelong resident and member of South Plainfield High School (SPHS) Class of 2009, recently returned to her alma mater as a guidance counselor.

Giannakis earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Rider ...

Franklin Elementary PTO Seeking Donations for Annual Auction

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Franklin Elementary School PTO is seeking donations from local businesses, companies, organizations and individuals for its 22nd Annual Basket Auction/Raffle, which will take place on Saturday, March 18 at South Plainfield Middle School. 

Many Franklin School programs are solely funded by the PTO because they are not covered by the district; the proceeds ...

Christmas Tree Disposal in South Plainfield

January 19, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -- The South Plainfield Department of Public Works (DPW) reminds residents of Christmas tree disposal options for this holiday season.

Starting January 3, 2017 through January 30, 2017 the Department of Public Works will be picking up Christmas trees. Residents are asked to remove all bags, tinsel and ornaments from the trees and place the tree curbside for ...

Fast Moving Storm Blankets South Plainfield

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A fast moving winter storm dropped approximately four inches of snow in South Plainfield today. Snow accumulations estimates continued to increase throughout the day as the pesky storm lingered into the early evening hours.

The Borough of South Plainfield issued a number of Nixle alerts and a reverse phone call asking residents that live on emergency snow routes to ...

Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship Open to South Plainfield Area Students

January 17, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Adele DeLeeuw was a well-known author of children's books, a prominent Plainfield resident and champion of the city, and someone who took a special interest in young people.

Later in her life, DeLeeuw had no immediate survivors, so she set aside a portion of her estate for a scholarship program to be administered by the Plainfield Foundation.  She stipulated in ...

Through South Plainfield’s Structured Learning Experience, Students Gain Valuable Vocational, Social Skills

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Through on-site job training, prevocational experience, and classroom workshops, South Plainfield High School (SPHS) students enrolled in the district’s Structured Learning Experience (SLE) program are gaining valuable first-hand experience they can use once they graduate. The elective class is similar to a career internship through which juniors and ...

Manuel Sanchez, Esq. Sworn in as South Plainfield’s New Municipal Court Judge

January 20, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Surrounded by his family, Manuel Sanchez, Esq. was sworn earlier this month and will serve as municipal court judge for the Borough of South Plainfield.

A resident of the community, Sanchez brings to the position more than 30 years of private law and judicial experience. He is a partner with the Elizabeth, NJ-based firm of Sanchez, Sanchez & Santoliquido; runs ...

Field of Honor Sponsorships, Flag Purchases Now Available

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield resident Hannah Rhoads, 16, with the backing of the Boyle Memorial Foundation, will host an inaugural Field of Honor in the borough during Armed Forces Week 2017. Part of a national movement run by the non-profit Colonial Flag Foundation (CFF), the event will celebrate the United States and pay tribute to all servicemen and women, veterans and ...

Local Law Enforcement Officials Weigh In on New Jersey’s New Bail Reform Laws

January 18, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – As of Jan. 1, a change in the New Jersey criminal justice system will eliminate cash bail as well as speed up criminal trails.

While the New Jersey Bail Reform Act, part of a state constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2014, allows judges to deny bail to the most dangerous defendants, it also now enables many criminals to legally remain out of ...

A Fine Blue Line - Senate, Assembly Leaders Defend Police Tributes

January 17, 2017

Senate, Assembly Leaders Defend Blue Line Police Tributes

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  – Last fall, towns across New Jersey painted blue lines on sections of roadways in support local law enforcement. In South Plainfield, a thin blue line was painted down Plainfield Avenue in the space between the double yellow from Maple Avenue past the municipal building and police ...

South Plainfield Fire Department Responds to Rooftop Fire at Ames Advanced Materials

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – At 3:31 a.m. Jan. 12, the South Plainfield Fire Department, under the command of Chief Tom Scalera, responded to a call of a reported fire at Ames Advanced Materials Corp. located at 3900 South Clinton Avenue.

Arriving units located and found a rooftop dust collector on fire on the Wade Avenue side of the complex, which had been evacuated before fire ...

Service and Celebration of Park Community, New Walk Church Merger Set for January 22

January 20, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – It all started with a decision and a phone call.

In February 2016, after their pastor resigned, the members of Park Community Church decided to start seeking a congregation to merge with. The very next day, Pastor Robert Nieves of New Walk Church, a start up church that had been operating out of the Middlesex Elks Lodge for several years, reached out to a Park ...

Police Link South Brunswick, Edison Storage Burglaries

January 19, 2017

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police in two Middlesex County towns are considering the possibility that break ins at two storage businesses, impacting almost 100 units, are related, officials said Thursday.

Some 43 storage units at the Public Storage location on Route 1 in South Brunswick and another 50 units at the J&M Self Storage facility on Oak Tree Road in Edison were broken into during ...

Determined Ciattarelli Kicks Off GOP Gubernatorial Campaign, Vows to Beat Cancer

January 21, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – GOP gubernatorial candidate and state Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli minced no words when he greeted hundreds of supporters at his kick-off reception last night, just two weeks after a Statehouse press conference where he announced that he was undergoing radiation and recovering from a Nov. 15 operation for throat cancer.

Standing behind the podium in the ballroom at the ...

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South Plainfield

The Athlete of the Week: Caitlin Hughes Girls’ Basketball Guard

The South Plainfield Basketball Girls basketball team scored two wins to go over .500 for the first time this past week.  The team first scored a 57-21 win over John F. Kennedy.  South Plainfield then scored a 43-31 win over Colonia on Saturday.  The Tigers won 3 in a row to bring the team’s record to 5-4 for the season.  This happened largely in part to the play of ...

Letters to the Editor

Bail Reform Will Save Money

January 16, 2017

In response to “Local Law Enforcement Weight In on New Jersey’s New Bail Reform Laws”:

The article rightly states that the new law “will help nonviolent, poor people stuck in jail because they cannot afford bail while also stopping dangerous people who can pay their way out.”

A 2013 report found that 40% of individuals in New Jersey jails were there solely ...

Susan Pipolo Named to Castleton University Dean's List

January 19, 2017

CASTLETON, VT - Susan Pipolo of South Plainfield, NJ was recently named to the Castleton University Dean's List for the fall semester of the 2016-17 academic year.

To qualify for this academic honor, the student must maintain full-time status and a semester grade point average of 3.5.

Castleton University is small enough to be a community where every student matters, yet offers more ...

Community Happenings

The South Plainfield Municipal Alliance Will Host a Parent Academy

January 16, 2017

ATTENTION ALL  9th GRADE PARENTS:

 Do you know what your child is doing?  Are you asking the right questions to find out? Join us, and we will help you learn how to talk to your child.

 We will be holding a Parent Academy for all current 9th grade parents.

 When: Thursday, February 2, 2017 7:00 pm

 Where: South Plainfield High School Information ...

South Plainfield Recreation Wrestling Update

January 19, 2017

Central Jersey Update

At the height of the wrestling season, our Central Jersey team continues to dominate the Central Jersey League. They continue to maintain, their reputation as a powerhouse in Central Jersey, despite losing many team members, as they have moved on to the Middle school team. Our team recently defeated Ridge winning 58-39. On January 14th,  the team hosted a quad and ...

Designer Bag Bingo Event on Friday, Jan. 27

January 20, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield High School Baseball Parent Association is sponsoring Designer Bag Bingo on Friday, Jan. 27 at the South Plainfield Senior Center located at 90 Maple Avenue.  The ticket price is $30, which includes 12 Bingo Games Sheets (1 Bingo Card for each Game) Tickets are non-refundable.

Bingo Markers MUST be used for all games, they are being sold for ...

Community Development Block Grant Public Hearing

A public hearing for the 2017 Community Development Block Grant has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 6:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the South Plainfield Municipal Building, 2480 Plainfield Avenue. The purpose of this hearing is to discuss projects to be considered for inclusion in the 2017 Community Development Block Grant Application. Public input on projects will be ...

News from the Senior Center

2017 Membership is underway -  $10.00 per year

January 18 – Sands Casino

January 23 – 9:45 a.m Medication Safety Program

January 24 – Adult Coloring – 9:30 – 11:30   Stay for Lunch

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February 2017

February 1 – Tropicana  Casino

February 7 – Adult Coloring 9:30 – 11:30  Stay for ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, January 21, 9:00 AM

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Sun, January 22, 11:30 AM

ALL SEASON SPORTS ACADEMY, South Plainfield

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Wed, January 25, 5:30 PM

ALL SEASON SPORTS ACADEMY, South Plainfield

Yoga with Kara Unal

Health & Wellness Sports

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Wed, January 25, 5:30 PM

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Thu, January 26, 4:00 PM

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Fundraiser for SPMS Student Council at TGIF on ...

Columns

The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews (St. Martin's Press, 2016)

 

Having just passed the winter solstice, dreams of summer, warm beaches, suntan lotion, and the shussh of the ocean lapping the shore are very much on the minds of beach lovers. It is only five months until Memorial Day kicks off the summer season. If you are looking for a novel to titillate your summer musings, Mary ...

Bookmarks

Time for some news from South Plainfield Library:

We’ll start with next week’s children’s programs, and there are quite a lot of them.  On Saturday, we have the “Saturday Storytime” for all ages at 11AM.  Then, on Sunday, there’s this month’s “Super Sunday Science” program at 3PM.  It’s for children age 8 & over, ...

South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club (SPJBC) In Person Registration Signups

The South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club (SPJBC) will be having In Person Registration Signups on Friday January 20th from 6-9pm and Saturday January 21st from 9am to 1pm at the SPJBC Clubhouse on Lorraine Ave

You can also sign your kids up online at the SPJBC Website:  http://www.leaguelineup.com/spjbc (online forms tab) or you can mail the form to SPJBC, PO Box 166, South Plainfield NJ ...

Press Releases

Crisis Listening Line to Offer Suicide Prevention Training and Volunteering Opportunities

January 21, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Are you a good listener? Do you want to make a difference in the life of someone in crisis?

Crisis listening line Caring Contact will offer Excellence in Listening training beginning March 20 at the First Baptist Church at 170 Elm Street in Westfield. Classes run for three hours one night a week, plus one full weekend, ending June 12.This award-winning training enables ...