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Buddy Ball Basketball Ends with Exciting Final Game

October 22, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  - Bleachers packed with proud parents, family and supporters, the final session of South Plainfield’s first Buddy Ball Basketball Clinic closed with a basketball game at 6p.m. on Wednesday, October 17th at the Police Athletic League (P.A.L.), located at 1250 Maple Avenue.  Sponsored by the South Plainfield Recreation Department, the free program was open to ...

Dominguez Scores Twice as South Plainfield Tigers Advance to GMCT Quarterfinals 2-1

OLD BRIDGE, NJ – South Plainfield’s Adrian Dominguez scored twice and the Tigers used a stout defense as South Plainfield defeated Old Bridge 2-1. The victory sends South Plainfield into a GMCT quarterfinal matchup against top ranked South Brunswick.

South Plainfield dropped its season opener 5-1 to South Brunswick.

In the Tigers win over J.P. Stevens Wednesday South Plainfield ...

South Plainfield Library Presents: The Sixties: A British Invasion

October 16, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield Public Library welcomes back Vincent Bruno who will present The Sixties: A British Invasion on Saturday October 27 at 1pm The lecture will focus on the phenomenon rise of the British pop and rock acts that invaded our shores in the 60’s.  From pop groups (The Beatles, The Dave Clark 5, The Animals, The Kinks) to the psychedelic and ...

Dollar General Opens for Business in South Plainfield

October 13, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  - Dollar General has opened its doors in South Plainfield at their newest location, 138 South Plainfield Avenue.  The store prides itself on providing value to customers as a general store that carries high-quality, frequently used products at a lower price than traditional grocery stores.

“We’re really excited to be open,” said Manager of the ...

South Plainfield Gymnastics Take Senior Think Pink Meet

October 12, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield High School Gymnastics team vaulted to victory Tuesday night, edging out Jonathan Dayton High School to win their annual Senior Night and Think Pink Meet. 

South Plainfield achieved their highest score of the season, taking the Oct. 9 meet by a score of 103.45 to 99.275 over their Springfield rivals. The win brings the Lady Tigers to 3-2 on ...

South Plainfield Celebrates Columbus Day 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – At a council meeting earlier this month, South Plainfield Mayor Matt Anesh proclaimed October 2018 as Italian Heritage Month in the borough and, on Monday morning, borough residents, local dignitaries, community organization representatives, and members of the Plainfield’s Chapter of UNCIO came together to celebrate Columbus Day 2018. The Oct. 8 event, ...

“Eat Mor Chikin” Chick-fil-A Coming to South Plainfield

October 16, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Zoning Board unanimously approved an application for Chick-fil-A to move to Middlesex Mall. Chick-fil-A will knock down the former Wells Fargo Bank located at the corner of Hadley Road and Stelton Road and build a new 5,000 sq ft state of the art facility. The facility which is expected to open next summer will included a double drive ...

Girl Scout Silver Award Given to Lesly Mayta for Greenhouse Project

October 20, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Recycling Center has a new addition thanks to Lesly Mayta, who built a greenhouse made entirely out of two-liter bottles for her Girl Scout Silver Award, which is the second highest award Girl Scout Cadettes can earn.  The project was based on the mantra, “Reuse-Reduce-Recycle,” and is located at the South Plainfield Recycling Center on ...

Flag Pole Dedicated to Keystone Community Living, Inc.

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A new flag pole was installed and dedicated to the residents and staff of Keystone Community Living, Inc. on Sunday, October 7th.

The flag pole, new landscaping and shrubbery were dedicated as part of a community service project that was led and completed by Ryan Carey with support from local Boy Scout Troop 309.  The project was proposed to Keystone Community ...

Mischief Night Curfew and Halloween Trick or Treat Guidelines Announced

October 19, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Mayor Matthew Anesh instated the 2018 Mischief Night and Halloween Proclamation during the October 15th Council Meeting.  The proclamation was instituted to ensure the safety of all residents of South Plainfield while enabling the community to have an enjoyable Halloween.

All minor residents of the Borough of South Plainfield are required to adhere to a curfew of ...

South Plainfield Library Holds Third Annual Fall Festival

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -  Rainy skies did not deter the community from coming out in droves for the South Plainfield Library’s Third Annual Fall Festival on October 13th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library, located at 2484 Plainfield Avenue.  The event was free and featured pumpkin decorating, games, crafts, treats, prizes, temporary tattoos, photo ops, snacks, and more.  The ...

Mayor Matthew Anesh Proclaims October 2018 Dyslexia Awareness Month

October 18, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - During October 15th’s Council Meeting, Mayor Matthew Anesh officially proclaimed October 2018 as Dyslexia Awareness Month.

Anesh requested that the achievements of those afflicted with dyslexia, a language-based learning disability that causes difficulties with reading, writing, spelling and word pronunciation, are to be acknowledged by citizens of the community ...

Plan and Plant this Fall for Three Months of Spring Color

October 17, 2018

It’s time to think spring and get busy planning and planting for months of colorful blooms.

The key to getting a continuous parade of spring flowers is to plant bulbs that bloom at different times. Include some early, mid and late spring bloomers. You’ll enjoy the burst of color and sustained beauty that spring-flowering bulbs can provide.

Enlist some help in planning your ...

Atlantic League Honors Patriots' Patrick McVerry as Top Exec

October 16, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball has named Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerrythe 2018 Joe Klein Executive of the Year.

The Somerset Patriots also received the Ken Shepard Award For Promotional Excellence for the second consecutive season.

McVerry oversaw the Somerset Patriots’ 20th Season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018, where the ...

Patriots'Shorstop, Pitcher Named Post-Season Atlantic League All-Stars

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball announced Tuesday that shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez and relief pitcher Mike Antonini have been named to the 2018 Post-Season All-Star Team.

Rodriguez earns this selection after completing his second season with the Somerset Patriots. The everyday starting shortstop led the Patriots in games played (122), at-bats (432), hits ...

Hundreds Honor Vice Principal Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash

October 15, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Several hundred people filled the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens today at the funeral service for New Brunswick Vice Principal Tyrone Harrison, who was struck by a car and killed.

"I know this is tough for all of us," Harrison's brother, Shawn, told the people who filled the pews. "Yet, you look around this church. Everyone here Tyrone ...

Grand Jury indicts five Edison Police Officers for “No Show Jobs”

October 19, 2018

Edison, NJ –  Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced today that a grand jury indicted five Edison police officers on multiple charges including official misconduct, participating in a pattern of official misconduct, and theft.

According to a statement issued by Mr. Carey’s office, Sergeant Ioannis (John) Mpletsakis, 39, Patrolman Paul Pappas, 44, Patrolman James ...

Get A Scare On With Milltown's Haunted River Walk

MILLTOWN, NJ - Get ready for an early Halloween thrill with the borough's annual Haunted River Walk. This year's creepy stroll along the Mill Pond Path is full of things that go bump in the night and features a haunting through history theme. The scream-worthy event is hosted by Joyce Kilmer School's Class of 2019. All of the proceeds from the event go to support the school's ...

Somerville: CROP Walkers Step Up, Step Out on a Brisk Sunday to Feed the Hungry

October 21, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Bundled up against the brisk wind and 47 degree temperature, members of several Central New Jersey congregations joined together Sunday afternoon to participate in the 44th annual CROP Hunger Walk hosted by the First Reformed Church on Main Street.

Carry multi-colored balloons, members of First United Methodist Church of Somerville, North Branch Reformed Church, Congregational ...

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South Plainfield

Athlete of the Week: Lauren Zultowski Girls’ Field Hockey Center Forward

The South Plainfield Field Hockey Team had a huge week going into the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament.  The Lady Tigers rolled off four straight wins including a first round conference tournament win.  This helped raise their season record to 12-5.  Much of this success is due to the play of senior center forward Lauren Zultowski.

On the season, Lauren has eight goals ...

The Athlete of the Week: Ashwin deGroot Football Running Back/Safety/Kicker

The South Plainfield Football team had one of the programs most historic wins last Friday.  The Tigers knocked off defending State Champions North Hunterdon.  South Plainfield was able to win a close 15-14 hard fought overtime victory.  This brought the Tigers record to 3-2 on the season.  South Plainfield was led by Junior Ashwin deGroot.  Ashwin has been an important ...

Obituaries

South Plainfield, NJ – Joseph Michael Calderone, 55, passed away at JFK Medical Center ...
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Letters to the Editor

Anesh Team Involved in Community

October 22, 2018

Dear Editor,

 I am not a political person or know the ins and outs of government, but I expect our representatives to be involved in South Plainfield.  It seems every weekend, if not every day, I see a post that has Mayor Anesh at an Eagle Scout graduation,  a business grand opening, or reading to our children at the library.  Everytime he seems to be flanked by Councilman ...

Anesh, Bengivenga & Wolak: Getting it done, Versus Democrats Failed Attendance Record

October 18, 2018

Mayor Matt Anesh, Council President Rob Bengivenga, and Councilman Joe Wolak, this week discuss the Democrats failed attendance record and how there is a stark contrast between the two teams.

“It is amazing that Democrat candidates Doyon, Keefe and Zwerko have never even attempted to apply for a borough committee, board or commission and at the same time criticize those who volunteer.

Democrats Ask…How Are We Going To Deal With Hundreds Of New Students, Increased Traffic, And Demands On Our Emergency Services Resulting From Overdevelopment?

October 18, 2018

Democratic candidate for Mayor Sandy Doyon challenges the current Republican administration to disclose their plan for dealing with the effects of overdevelopment.   “Approximately 400 housing units were approved by the Mayor and council on the former Motorola site on Durham Avenue.   In addition, the area bordered by Front Street and Hamilton Boulevard could potentially ...

Community Happenings

Mayoral, Council Candidates To Debate Issues October 24

October 10, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -South Plainfield candidates for mayor and borough council will debate on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the South Plainfield Senior Center, 90 Maple Ave.

The debate is co-sponsored by the South Plainfield Business Association and the South Plainfield Observer.

Candidates running for a four-year term as mayor are Republican incumbent Matt Anesh and first-time candidate ...

Meeting with Congressman Pallone

October 17, 2018

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., United States Representative for New Jersey 6th Congressional District, has been serving since 1988.  Debbie Boyle, Middlesex County School Board President and Christopher Jones, New Jersey State School Boards Legislative Advocate,  met with Congressman Pallone in his Long Branch Office on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.  Guests included in the ...

South Plainfield Library Presents: Fred Miller’s Lectures in Song: Try to Remember (1957-1964): The Youth Culture Takes Over

October 21, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield Public Library welcomes Fred Miller who will present Lectures in Song: Try to Remember (1957-1964): The Youth Culture Takes Over on Saturday November 3 at 2pm. The years stretching from Eisenhower’s second term through the arrival of the Beatles was a sunny extension of the baby boomer years, more prosperous, optimistic good times for America.  ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, October 22, 9:00 AM

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Garage Sale October 20th and 21st in South ...

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Sat, October 27, 10:00 AM

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National Take Back

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Sat, October 27, 10:00 AM

East Jersey Old Town Village, Piscataway

Revolution Along the Raritan and Halloween on the ...

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Sat, October 27, 1:00 PM

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South Plainfield Library Presents: The Sixties: A ...

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Sat, October 27, 4:30 PM

Arbor Firehouse - Flea Market Field, Piscataway

Arbor Firehouse Halloween Trunk or Treat

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink Giving Back Police & Fire

Sun, October 28, 3:00 PM

Columnian Club of Dunellen, Dunellen

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Columns

DIEGNAN: NJ TRANSIT AUDIT SHOWS NEED FOR STRONG REFORM LEGISLATION

South Plainfield -- Senator Patrick Diegnan said that the findings of the NJ Transit audit confirm the need for passage of comprehensive reform legislation to make NJ Transit more responsive, transparent and accountable to the hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans who ride their trains and buses every day.

Senator Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Assemblyman McKeon (D-Middlesex), the sponsors of NJ ...

Chick-fil-A to Open at Middlesex Mall

South Plainfield– Last night the Borough Zoning Board granted an approval for Chick-fil-A to move into Middlesex Mall. The approval clears the way for a 5,000 square foot building including a drive thru to be built at the corner of Stelton Road and Hadley Road.

“This will be a welcomed addition to South Plainfield,” said Mayor Matt Anesh. “Economic Development Chairman ...

The Liberators

The Liberators: America’s Witnesses to the Holocaust by Michael Hirsh (Bantom Books, 2010)

 

“It was bad. It was very, very bad,” said Jay Dakelman, a medic with the 3rd Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. He was describing to me the first moment that he stepped into a concentration camp, somewhere in Germany, during the final months of World War II. Jay ...

Bookmarks

Halloween is coming – are you getting scared?  If you’re frightened you won’t find the right costume or create the best decorations, have no fear.  Your library will help you!  If it’s ghosts you’re afraid of—watch Ghostbusters. We’ve got both the Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy versions.

Whether you want to make a costume for children ...

Knights of Columbus Fall Mums Sale

The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203 have been hard at work with one of their biggest fundraisers of the year. The Knights of Columbus Fall Mums Sale.

This fundraiser was started 15 years ago by Gerry Butrico and this year $3,200 was raised from this year’s mum’s sale which goes to the Knights Charity Fund. One of the Knights of Columbus's principles is ...

Press Releases

Find the Right Job for You at Middlesex County’s Fall Job Fair

October 19, 2018

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Are you looking for employment or a new job opportunity? Maybe you’re new to the workforce and aren’t sure where to start looking for a job. The Middlesex County Office of Workforce Development may be able to get you on the right track at its Annual Fall Job Fair.

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Woodbridge Community ...

Autumn Air Conditioner Tune-Ups Just Make Sense

Last time we checked, it was barely the beginning of summer, and now it’s already autumn. How did your air conditioner hold up over the past few months? 

If you skipped having your system maintained in the spring or summer, it’s important make sure it’s still in good shape now so you can stay comfortable next season.

The number one cause of air conditioning and ...