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Darlene Tedesco-Cullen Selected For Labor Day Parade Grand Marshal

July 1, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - She’s covered the news of South Plainfield, and now she’s achieved a headline of her own.

The South Plainfield Public Celebrations Committee has selected local volunteer and businesswoman Darlene Tedesco-Cullen as Honorary Grand Marshal for the 63rd annual Labor Day Parade.

“It is an honor to be selected Grand Marshal of the Labor Day Parade,” ...

South Plainfield’s Taylor Parajon Matched with Pharmacy Residency Program

June 20, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Taylor Parajon, a native of South Plainfield, has been matched with a local residency program and, beginning July 5, Parajon will complete a year of postgraduate training with JFK University Medical Center. 

“This next year will provide me the experience to see where I will enjoy working,” Parajon told TAPinto South Plainfield, noting ...

South Plainfield School District Retirees Honored at June BOE Meeting 

June 30, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – During a South Plainfield Board of Education (SPBOE) meeting held June 22, more than two dozen employees who retired over the past year were honored for their service to the district. 

Following a video tribute in which the retirees were acknowledged for their years of dedication and service by their respective building principals or ...

Dr. Robert Goman Returning to Grant School as Principal

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Board of Education (SPBOE), at a meeting June 22, approved an internal administrative transfer naming Dr. Robert Goman the new principal of Grant School, effective July 15. 

Goman, who previously served as the building’s assistant principal for two years, will replace Patrick Sarullo, who, last month was named the district’s ...

Woodbridge Farmer’s Market Opens Saturday

June 27, 2022

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — The town’s popular Farmer’s Market returns this Saturday, just in time to get farm-fresh corn, juicy Jersey tomatoes and other produce for your Fourth of July celebrations.

The Farmer’s Market will open from 9 am to 1 pm Saturday, July 2 in the parking lot outside Woodbridge Town Hall, Mayor John McCormac announced.

In addition to “Jersey ...

After Hours Social Services Appointments Now Available at the South Plainfield Public Library 

June 24, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Borough residents will now have the opportunity to seek after-hours support from the department of social services thanks to a partnership with the South Plainfield Public Library. 

According to Director Linda Hansen, the South Plainfield Library’s Board of Trustees has recently hired Heather Barry, LSW, the borough’s director of social services, ...

Murphy's Plan Sets $2 Billion in Direct Tax Relief for NJ Homeowners, Renters

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy wants New Jersey homeowners and renters to receive nearly $2 billion in direct tax relief this year and in the years moving forward.

At a gathering in South Brunswick's municipal complex, Murphy declared "promises kept" as he unfurled his plan to provide tax rebates to more than 2 million households in the Garden State.  ...

Overlook Strong again: After two-year hiatus, Overlook Medical Center’s best and brightest celebrated at Excellence Awards

June 30, 2022

SUMMIT, NJ  – Enthusiastic applause filled the gala room as each name was called, and team members from departments spanning Overlook Medical Center strode proudly to the stage to accept their awards.

It had been three years since Overlook had celebrated its standout team members at its annual Excellence Awards. The event, like many in-person gatherings, went on hiatus in 2020 and ...

Elks Lodge #2298 Celebrates Flag Day and Awards Scholarships

June 28, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – Elks Lodge #2298 celebrated Flag Day and presented recipients of the 2021 – 2022 scholarships on June 14. Boy Scout Troop 125 partook in the Elks’ Flag Day ceremony held before the scholarship presentation. Any high school senior who is a child, stepchild, grandchild, or step grandchild of a South Plainfield Elk who will be attending ...

Patriots Host Largest Independence Day Fireworks Show in 25-Year History

July 3, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have stockpiled a huge cache of fireworks for a July 4th celebration that will pay tribute to active members of the United States military statewide; those deployed overseas as well as veterans who have served their country in past years.

Operation Shoebox New Jersey is the sponsor of what the Patriots are calling their largest fireworks display ever ...

Fightin Phils Chip Away at Patriots Lead to Win Third Game of Series

READING, Pa. - The Reading Fightin Phils (3-1, 32-41) defeated the Somerset Patriots (1-3, 45-28) by a score of 7-5 on Friday night at FirstEnergy Stadium.

AJ Graffanino put Reading up in the first with a sacrifice fly to score Johan Rojas.

Somerset answered in the next inning with a sacrifice fly by Mickey Gasper to plate Blake Perkins to tie up the ...

South Plainfield Tigers 12u Summer Slam Softball Tournament

June 30, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Tigers 12u softball team went 7-0 this weekend taking home the title while hosting the 2022 South Plainfield Summer Slam Softball Tournament.

Coming off winning the District 2 Spring Parkway League Championship, the girls battled through the grueling weekend heat scoring 70 runs while giving up only 13.  The Tigers were cruising until they ...

Yankees Reliever Aroldis Chapman Pitched for Patriots Out of Uniform

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The New York Yankees sent relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman to their Somerset Patriots Double-A minor league club on a rehab assignment this past weekend where he made two appearances Friday night and Sunday afternoon, throwing a total of 19 pitches on Friday night and Sunday afternoon.

But when he toed the rubber in both games, he was technically out of uniform - as was ...

Composting Directly in the Garden

June 28, 2022

Don’t toss those imperfect lettuce leaves, onion tops and strawberry tops into the trash. Instead, convert them into compost right in the garden. 

Worm and pile composting are great ways to manage these scraps.  But if these methods aren’t for you, try trench composting. This centuries old technique is low effort and effective.  The process is basically ...

South Plainfield Receives $370k in Federal Funding to Modernize their Emergency Operations Center

June 20, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-06) has secured funding to update South Plainfield’s Emergency Operations Center.  With the support of Mayor Matthew Anesh, Chief James Parker, and the Borough Council, the South Plainfield Police Department’s Administrative staff worked with Congressman Pallone and his staff to make application for the 2023 Congressional ...

Patriots Host Largest Independence Day Fireworks Show in 25-Year History

July 3, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have stockpiled a huge cache of fireworks for a July 4th celebration that will pay tribute to active members of the United States military statewide; those deployed overseas as well as veterans who have served their country in past years.

Operation Shoebox New Jersey is the sponsor of what the Patriots are calling their largest fireworks display ever ...

Get Set For A Fun Fourth Of July In Helmetta, Spotswood, And Helmetta

July 1, 2022

HELMETTA, SPOTSWOOD, MILLTOWN, NJ - Fourth of July weekend is here, and many people have already started the long Independence Day weekend. Of course, residents don't have to head down the shore to find Fourth of July fun. There is plenty going on this Fourth of July weekend in Helmetta, Spotswood and Milltown. Here's the go-to guide to all the Fourth of July festivities.

Helmetta and ...

Elks Lodge #2298 Celebrates Flag Day and Awards Scholarships

June 28, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – Elks Lodge #2298 celebrated Flag Day and presented recipients of the 2021 – 2022 scholarships on June 14. Boy Scout Troop 125 partook in the Elks’ Flag Day ceremony held before the scholarship presentation. Any high school senior who is a child, stepchild, grandchild, or step grandchild of a South Plainfield Elk who will be attending ...

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital's New CMO Has Served From Africa to The Atlantic

June 28, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s new Chief Medical Officer has extensive experience in emergency response that including treating patients during a virus epidemic in West Africa and those affected by a Category 5 Atlantic hurricane.

Lewis Rubinson, MD, PhD, FCCP, also brings more than two decades of executive, clinical, academic and government ...

Gas Prices in New Jersey Drop Slightly Heading into Holiday Weekend

July 1, 2022

NEW JERSEY — The price of gas in New Jersey is heading down as the Fourth of July weekend gets closer.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded is $4.85, according to AAA. That's down 2 cents from yesterday and 9 cents from last week. Drivers are paying $1.71 more than this time last year.

AAA says the Energy Information Administration reported the demand for gas decreased ...

Gov. Phil Murphy Signs Record $50+ Billion State Budget, Republicans Concerned About Increasing State Spending

June 30, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed the $50.6 billion fiscal year 2023 budget on Thursday at Cranford High School.

"The priorities of this budget are the priorities of our families," Murphy said. "At the top that list is affordability."

Among the provisions in the budget:

$2 billion ANCHOR property tax credit for homeowners and a rebate for ...

New Jersey Business & Industry Association President Optimistic About the Future, Says Current Business Climate 'Frustrating'

TRENTON, NJ — When thinking of the future for businesses in New Jersey, Michele Siekerka is confident and hopeful.

"I’m always a glass half full person and very optimistic," Siekerka, the President and CEO of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) said. "I believe for every challenge there’s an opportunity.  It depends on how we ...

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Says This Is 'As Big a Week as We've Had in a Long Time'

TRENTON, NJ — It's a big week for Tom Bracken and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

"This is a week that's been building since the beginning of COVID," Bracken, the organization's President and CEO said. "This is the week where we'll know what kind of resources will be allocated to really helping what's broken."

New Jersey's state budget ...

VIDEO: Patriotic Group Hangs Flags on Parkway, Baseball Field Ribbon Cutting, Residents Awarded for Art and Police Academy Graduation

July 1, 2022

NEW JERSEY - A group of patriotic residents hang flags on a Garden State Parkway overpass ahead of July 4th. Plus, a new baseball field ribbon cutting. Also, two residents are awarded for their art contributions. And, a police academy graduation.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank and Bag Up ...

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Agent Spotlight: Phillip Migliaccio

Phillip “Phil” Migliaccio, Sales Associate in the Morristown office, is an award-winning Realtor! With over 30 years in the real estate business, Phil has assisted hundreds of clients in their journey to become proud homeowners. Their satisfaction leads to one of his greatest attributes; his large amount of repeat customers. And it’s not just his clients who love his ...

SP Surge Wins 2 Championships in One Week

SP Surge 8U Travel team played in USABL’s 8U division championship game on Tuesday, June 14th in Mountainside.  Surge ended the spring season with a 7-0 record with 2 games going unplayed due to weather and field conflicts. This put Surge in 2nd place behind Mountainside, who would have home field advantage. Ryan Vindman was strong on the mound to begin the game. He would pitch a no ...

ICYMI: Real Talk With Fernando Uribe Hosts Jersey City Councilwoman Amy DeGise

Last week on Real Talk With Fernando Uribe, Fernando welcomed Jersey City Councilwoman Amy DeGise to talk about issues in Hudson County, NJ, and other political hot button topics that affect New Jerseyans. 

Uribe and DeGise talk about Liberty State Park and the upgrades that are being planned to it. However, there is some hesitancy as the bill that was brought by Senator Stack is a bit ...

Bridging the Gap Co-Hosts Interview 16 Year Old Entrepreneur From Toms River NJ

There is nothing more American than running your own business, with your unique brand and style. Whether you are 16 or 116, having your own business is one of the single best sources of upward mobility in our society. Last week on Bridging the Gap with A.J. Mellilo and Steven Rumbolo, the co-hosts, sat down with Sarah Ahmed of Toms River East High School to discuss her business ...

Can Lame Ducks Still Fly?

TRENTON, NJ — Things have never looked better for the Democrats who rule Trenton these days. Flush with federal cash. Democratic majorities in the Assembly and Senate. A Governor re-elected as a Democrat last November for the first time in four decades. 

It’s a real bubbly bonhomie in the state’s capital as they tie up the last loose strings of the state’s $50 ...

Obituaries

Julie A. Meikle, 87, passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at home in Pt. Pleasant Beach. Born ...
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Press Releases

Healthy Cooking Returns to RWJ Rahway Fitness & Wellness

June 30, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ  – Healthy cooking returns to the RWJ Rahway Fitness & Wellness Center with a Sensational Summer Salad program held in the center’s newly remodeled demonstration kitchen.

The free program is July 19 from 6 pm to 7:30 and features Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes ...

An Evening At The Villa

Friday, July 8th, 6:30-11 PM, join us for “An Evening At The Villa” – an evening of cocktails, food stations, music, and fun! We would be honored if you will join us to celebrate the Queen City Promise scholarship program. Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to the celebration, and consider a sponsorship to help QCP begin our journey to ...

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center Earns National Recognition from the American Heart Association for Efforts to Improve Stroke Treatment

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s (RWJUH) Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center has again earned the American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite and Advanced Therapy with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll recognition.

 

For stroke patients, this means RWJUH has met ...

Letters to the Editor

Kat Dean Memorial Blood Drive

June 27, 2022

Dear Editor,

 

On April 1st our community suffered the loss of a beautiful person, Kathryn Dean. I was fortunate enough to go to high school with Kat and get to know her personally over the years. She was a 2002 graduate of South Plainfield High School and an amazing wife and mother of three. She lived and raised her family in the same community that she grew up in. Like many others, ...

Kat Dean Memorial Blood Drive

Dear Editor,

On April 1st our community suffered the loss of a beautiful person, Kathryn Dean. I was fortunate enough to go to high school with Kat and get to know her personally over the years. She was a 2002 graduate of South Plainfield High School and an amazing wife and mother of three. She lived and raised her family in the same community that she grew up in. Like many others, her passing ...

Community Happenings

Updates from Plainfields Chapter of UNICO

June 21, 2022

The Plainfields Chapter of UNICO inducted three new members at a special swearing-in ceremony and dinner meeting recently. UNICO National 2nd Vice President Anthony Bengivenga  swore in the new members as District Governor Robert Bengivenga and Chapter President April Bengivenga witnessed the ceremony.

The newly inducted members on left are Alexis Ratti, Allison Kreiss and Matthew ...

Fireworks: What's Legal and What's Not in New Jersey and Safety Tips (VIDEO)

July 1, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -- Nearly three-quarters (73%) of all fireworks injuries were sustained during the 30-day period surrounding the Independence Day holiday, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

The most often injured body parts by fireworks are hands or fingers (28% of injuries), followed by legs (24%), eyes (19%), head (15%), trunk (10%) and arms ...

Milestones

Our Lady of Czestochowa Rosary Altar Society Award Scholarship

June 15, 2022

OLC Rosary Altar Society was pleased to award their $500 Scholarship this year to a well deserving and actively participating parish High School senior; Michael Niemeyer, who will be attending Middlesex County College. The award is based mainly on their essays, attendance, and activities in our parish. Below is Michael’s essay.

What OLC and the Catholic faith mean to ...

Fiona Ramdawar to Take Part in Envision's National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM

South Plainfield, NJ – This summer, Fiona Ramdawar from South Plainfield, NJ will join outstanding elementary school students from across the state to take part in a unique academic and career oriented development experience, the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Pathways to STEM, taking place at Rider University.

 

NYLF Pathways to STEM is one of the Envision by ...

Opportunities for Job/Career Seekers, Freelancers, Entrepreneurs, Investors, etc. in NJ (and Elsewhere, Too!)

Today on Looking Forward, we’re going to focus on a communications medium that exists just about everywhere around the world: RADIO!!

In this episode, we’re going to learn about such things as podcasting and the Internet’s impact on the radio industry, how radio in the United States differs from radio elsewhere, and where radio’s future lies. Perhaps most importantly, ...

A Stranger Killed Katy: The True Story of Katherine Hawelka, Her Murder on a New York Campus, and How Her Family Fought Back

A Stranger Killed Katy: The True Story of Katherine Hawelka, Her Murder on a New York Campus, and How Her Family Fought Back  by William D. LaRue (Chestnut Heights, 2021).

 

For true crime buffs, A Stranger Killed Katy: The True Story of Katherine Hawelka, Her Murder on a New York Campus, and How Her Family Fought Back by William D. LaRue, an award-winning journalist, is a ...

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Now that summer is in full swing, it’s the perfect time to plan some day trips around New Jersey.  The library has plenty of books on various getaway ideas that families can go on in and around New Jersey.  Summer is also a great time to take advantage of our very popular museum pass program.  Library patrons can come to the library and purchase discounted tickets for the ...

Sign Up for July TAPinto Ownership Opportunities Webinar

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro will be holding an informational webinar on July 13, 2022, at 12:30 p.m. for anyone who may be interested in owning/operating a TAPinto local news and digital marketing platform.

"TAPinto has become the dominant player in the local news and digital marketing space," Shapiro said. "I look forward to our July ...

Elks Donate to Fish Food Bank in Piscataway

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On June 8th 2022, the ENF Committee, headed by Eileen Uken, of the South Plainfield Elks Lodge No. 2298 were able to donate $2000 to the Fish Food Bank in Piscataway.

This donation was possible through the Spotlight Grant . Representatives of the Elks National Foundation Committee of the South Plainfield Lodge No. 2298, Margaret Williams, Loyal Knight, Eileen Uken, ENF ...