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South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission Announces 2022 House Decorating Contest

December 1, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission (SPCAC) last month announced it will host its 5th Annual Holiday House Decorating Contest. 

The contest is open to South Plainfield residences only - submissions outside the borough will be disqualified – and entries are being excepted now through Dec. 18. To enter, click here.

Entrants will have the ...

Riley Student Council Members Discuss Recent School Happenings at BOE Meeting

December 6, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ ­– Members of the John E. Riley Elementary Student Council took to the podium during a recent South Plainfield Board of Education (SPBOE) meeting to share with the district happenings at their elementary school. 

Members of the student council present for the Nov. 16 meeting were called to the podium by Principal Tameka Grier-DuPiche to discuss ...

South Plainfield Teachers Brittany Scott, Johanna Wylde Receive Tenure 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  – At a South Plainfield Board of Education (SPBOE) meeting held Nov. 16, two members of the district’s staff were recognized for receiving tenure. 

Brittany Scott, a special education teacher who works at John E. Riley Elementary School, and Johanna Wylde, a Spanish teacher at South Plainfield High School, were recognized by their respective ...

Staying Healthy During the Holidays – Tips from RWJBarnabas Health Experts

December 8, 2022

NEW JERSEY – With the holidays quickly approaching, residents throughout the state are gearing up for travel, the return of indoor gatherings, and long-overdue celebrations that may have been put on hold for two years due to the pandemic.

The timing of the holidays, however, combined with the current uptick in both the flu and RSV cases along with emerging variants of COVID-19, ...

Meet at Mike's: South Plainfield Resident Launches New Food Truck

(Editor's Note: The location of Mike Makes changes; he is currently at 100 Middlesex Center Blvd. in Monroe. Follow him on Facebook for updates and locations). 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A new food truck has hit the streets, and if you’re in the mood for some cold weather comfort food or just don’t feel like packing a lunch, head on over to Mike Makes. Putting his ...

South Plainfield Participating in 'Toys for Tots" 2022

November 25, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield Borough Hall once again will be the drop-off point for the annual Toys for Tots drive. The drop-off point will be at a box in Mayor Matthew Anesh’s office in Borough Hall. Toys can be dropped off November 28th through December 15th at borough hall.

“Last year, we collected well over 1000 toys due to an overwhelming response ...

Public Auction Results in Sale of Two South Plainfield Ambulances

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Two ambulances owned by the borough and previously utilized by the South Plainfield Rescue Squad were sold during a public auction that took place at the council’s Nov. 10 meeting. At this time, a 2005 and a 2019 rig, both owned by the municipality, were sold to the highest bidders. 

Back in April, the borough council voted unanimously in favor of a ...

South Plainfield Participating in 'Toys for Tots" 2022

November 25, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield Borough Hall once again will be the drop-off point for the annual Toys for Tots drive. The drop-off point will be at a box in Mayor Matthew Anesh’s office in Borough Hall. Toys can be dropped off November 28th through December 15th at borough hall.

“Last year, we collected well over 1000 toys due to an overwhelming response ...

Friendsgiving Feast at the Senior Center Packs the House

November 29, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – The South Plainfield Senior Center was alive with music, food and fun on Nov. 18 as seniors came for a festive, traditional Friendsgiving celebration. Dancing, belly laughs with friends, and a bountiful Thanksgiving feast, made for an incredible afternoon for South Plainfield seniors. Seniors say they were delighted with the experience.

“I love being a part ...

Christmas Cookie Recipe: Santa's Trash Cookies

December 4, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Though they sound like they may land you on the naughty list, these delicious Santa's Trash cookies are sure to make Santa happy.  I found it while searching for some new cookie inspiration, and then found out that my niece Ashley had made a special request for this cookie.  Ashley has a nut allergy and cannot always indulge in holiday treats, but this recipe ...

Recap from “Coach Cap – South Plainfield Boy’s Cross County

December 7, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield boys cross-country team celebrated their 2022 season Sunday. The Tigers have been undefeated the last two seasons, but this season had some unprecedented firsts.

MVP Logan Betyeman broke the Senior Class record (also the school record), which had stood since 2003, with a blazingly fast 16:12. He also is third all-time in the Green Lightning Hall of ...

An Exciting Season Is Likely For South Plainfield Boys Basketball

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Sure, the 2022-2023 South Plainfield High School boys basketball program has the depth, talent and skill for yet another productive season on the court.

But, what may ultimately once again make the Tigers prosper is their belief in one another as well as the coaching staff.

South Plainfield is scheduled to begin the season with a road game at North Brunswick on ...

Grant School Students Named to 1st Marking Period Honor Rolls

December 7, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Grant School has announced the fifth and sixth grade students who have attained high academic achievement for the 1st marking period of the 2022-2023 school year, qualifying them to be named to the Honor Roll and High Honor Roll. 

There are two honor rolls; students named to High Honor Roll must attain a grade of 90 or higher in all subjects, including ...

Growing Easy-Care Aloe Vera, Nature’s Burn Ointment

December 4, 2022

Grow your own burn ointment by adding Aloe vera to your indoor plant collection. This succulent has been used for centuries to treat superficial burns, cuts, sunburns, and more.

The gel inside the leaves is the medicinal part of the plant. Just cut away the outer part of the leaf and use just the gel on the problem areas. Make sure to remove the latex plant sap located between ...

South Plainfield Police Department Hosting Annual No-Shave November Fundraiser

November 28, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Officers and civilian employees of the South Plainfield Police Department this past month have raised money for residents in need by simply ditching their razors in support of the borough force’s annual No-Shave November initiative. 

The fundraising effort, according to the web-based, non-profit’s website, is geared ...

2022 Keystone Residents Christmas Lunch

December 8, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203 and Plainfields' Chapter of UNICO partnered to run the Keystone Residents Annual Christmas Party on December 4th at Holy Savior Academy. The Keystone Community has been in South Plainfield for many years. Director Ray Fantusi and the whole Keystone staff do a great job supporting Mentally Handicapped People to ...

Family Friendly IWF Wrestling Coming to New Brunswick Middle School

December 7, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Dark Oracle Sage, standing 6 feet 5 inches and weighing 255 pounds, often appears in a cloud of smoke, bringing an air of mystery and mysticism to the ring. 

What Supersonic KC Bonilla (6 feet, 185) may lack in size, he makes up for in heart and athleticism because this hard-driving high-flier can come careening off the top rope at any moment.

Then ...

New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Begins Following Court's Ruling

December 6, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's black bear hunt began Tuesday afternoon, following a ruling by the Appellate Division of the state Superior Court.

After lasting for three hours on Tuesday, the hunt will be open from 12 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday December 7 through Saturday, December 10.

The hunt was reinstated last month and was then stopped last week following a court ...

New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Halted Following Judge's Ruling

TRENTON, NJ — Just days before it was set to begin, a judge has stopped New Jersey's black bear hunt.

Three animal rights groups, including the Animal Protection League of New Jersey, claimed a loophole was used to reinstate the hunt and went to court.

State Appellate Division Judge Lisa Rose announced the decision Wednesday. In her ruling, bear hunt opponents have until Friday ...

New State Law Requires Schools to Submit Digital Maps to Law Enforcement

TRENTON, NJ — Starting in the 2023-24 school year, all schools in New Jersey will have to submit digital maps of their campuses to law enforcement.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed S-2426 into law Wednesday. It requires the information to be submitted next year and updated regularly with copies given to designated law enforcement.

"We have seen, time and time again, public mass shootings ...


SPHS Athlete of the Week - Natalie Rivera

Natalie Rivera senior captain on the Girls Volleyball team is the SPHS Athlete of the Week

During this 2022 / 2023 school year Senior Captain Natalie Rivera has now secured the accolade of our Varsity Girls Volleyball - All-Time career assist leader with 432 assists which she did in 3 seasons and one of those 3 seasons happened to be the shortened covid season.  The numbers that Natalie ...

Letters to the Editor

Have you noticed?

December 7, 2022

Have you noticed?

I would like to say that our schools look beautiful and are in the best shape they have been in a very long time. Kudos for finishing up the major projects this year with the high school auditorium putting the cherry on top. Public recognition certainly needs to be cast on Tom Wiggins, Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds; Alex Benanti, Business Administrator; Dr Noreen ...

Threat Assessment Task Force and extended breakfast & lunches for eligible students

Letter to the Editor

The New Jersey Middlesex County School Boards Association hosted our October 2022 meeting in South Brunswick.  Our Keynote speakers were Jeff Gale NJDOE Division of Field Services Office of Preparedness and Emergency Planning serving as the Governor's School Security Task Force, along with Michael E. Zagury. MPA with more than 45 years in public safety experience ...

Suburban Woman's Club donates Thanksgiving dinner for family in need

The South Plainfield Suburban Woman's organization donated funds so that Jessica Spina (chair of Home Life) and Debbie Boyle (chair of Education) could shop for a basket full of food to bring to South Plainfield social services for Thanksgiving dinner. A $50 Visa gift card was also included.

We thank everyone for your generous donations, and this will be well received by a family in ...

Upcoming Events


Sun, December 11
05:00 PM — 07:00 PM

South Plainfield

Holiday Light Parade & Tree Lighting


Sun, December 11
08:00 AM — 12:00 PM

South Plainfield Elks #2298, South Plainfield

Breakfast with Santa at the Elks


Tue, December 13
02:00 PM — 07:00 PM

St. Francis Episcopal Church, Dunellen

CANCELED - RWJ Blood Drive at St.


Wed, December 14
06:30 PM — 08:00 PM

Berkeley College Legal and Justice ...

Press Releases

NJ Devils All-Star Jack Hughes and Teammates Join 13-year-old Pediatric Cancer Survivor to Bring Holiday Cheer to Pediatric Cancer Patients at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

December 8, 2022

NEWARK, NJ - NJ Devils all-star Jack Hughes along with teammates Miles Wood, Erik Haula and MacKenzie Blackwood visited pediatric patients at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center including Grace Eline, pediatric cancer survivor and founder of the WITH Grace Initiative.

Grace created and donated a holiday light display to the hospital where she received her life-saving care, the Valerie Fund ...

Chief Medical Officer Carol Ash Guest on Today Show

RAHWAY, NJ - Holiday parties, travel and family demands can play havoc with your sleep. Sleep specialist and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway Chief Medical Officer Carol Ash was a guest on the Today Show last week to discuss how to get good sleep during the holidays.

Dr. Ash offered a number of tips including keeping the same wakeup time, even on weekends and holidays. If you ...

All Atlantic Health System Maternity Centers Recognized Once Again as High Performing by U.S. News & World Report for the Best Hospitals for Maternity

For their work in delivering extraordinary care for moms, Atlantic Health System’s Morristown, Overlook, Chilton and Newton Medical Centers have been recognized once again as High Performing in Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy) by U.S. News & World Report. This is the highest award a hospital can earn for U.S. News’ Best Hospitals for Maternity Care.

These four Atlantic ...


Livid by Patricia Cornwell

Livid: A Scarpetta Novel  by Patricia Cornwell. (Grand Central, 2022).


It has been a long time since I thought about Aristotle’s Poetics and his idea that unity of time, place, and action make for the best theatrical drama. But Aristotle’s classic approach to writing superior works popped  into my brain when reading Livid, the 26th installment in the Kay ...

Agent Spotlight: April Blount

April Blount, Broker-Associate in the Watchung office, has been immersed in New Jersey real estate for over a decade. Specializing in luxury and new developments, she’s a superb guide through the selling and buying process. April crafts custom marketing strategies designed to achieve the best outcome for her sellers and puts in the legwork to meet her buyers’ needs as well. No matter ...

Union Catholic's Andrew Benvenuto and Aria Hicks Signed Their NLI's on Tuesday

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic's Andrew Benvenuto and Aria Hicks signed their National Letters of Intent during a special ceremony at the school on Tuesday.

Benvenuto, a lefty pitcher, signed with Moravian University, and Hicks, a soccer star, signed with George Mason University.   

Benvenuto is coming off a sensational junior season. 

Mixing a sharp breaking ...

Union Catholic Bowling Team Opens Season With Victory Over Roselle Catholic

LINDEN, NJ -- The Union Catholic bowling team, which received a career-high game from Nick Grippo and a team-high series from David Dudas, opened its season with a dominating victory over Roselle Catholic on Monday at Jersey Lanes.

The Vikings swept all three games and had the most total pins to earn a 7-0 victory.

Grippo, a sophomore, rolled a career high 174 in the third ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Second Graders Celebrate Culture on Heritage Day

The second grade classes celebrated heritage and culture with a series of events on Friday, Dec. 2. The day began with a Lower School assembly in the Berry Performing Arts Center and continued with students visiting the second grade classrooms to learn more about the many heritages represented by the second-graders. Parents attended an afternoon presentation in Lower Snowdon.

Dressed in attire ...

Community Happenings

Enjoy Seasonal Colonial Traditions at the East Jersey Old Town Village

November 29, 2022

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Ready to rock this holiday season in Colonial New Jersey style?  A host of free events provided by Middlesex County will get you and your family started.

Join Middlesex County as it kicks off the Holiday Season with "Seasonal Traditions" at the East Jersey Old Town Village on Saturday, December 3. There will be wagon rides, music, carols, storytelling, ...

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Can’t make it to the library amid the holiday hectic-ness? Never fear! You can access tons of library resources from the comfort and convenience of home anytime, any day! Ebooks, audiobooks, music, movies and more are all accessible for downloading and streaming from our website or the LMxpressPlus app. All  you need is your library card! 

The library hours are as follows.

Hospital, Arts Organization and Community Gather to Share Life and Cultural Experiences

There was a stuffed bear named Pinky, won at a boardwalk game as a child, and a small handmade bowl - both filled with memories of loved ones more than anything else.

There were items of celebration and tragedy – a bandhej saree that a breast cancer survivor has used to tie her memories to one another; and a wooden panel from the door of a synagogue in Slovakia, that now sits on a home ...

Holiday Celebrations 2022

It is that time of the year when we look forward to seeing family and friends. Whether it is in person or via Zoom, being with those we care about during the holidays always brings us peace, joy, and hope.

But it is also during the month of December that we start to think about the upcoming holiday season and most likely start to stress about how we can get everything done before the season ...

Exclusive Sponsorship Opportunities with TAPinto Can Help Your Business

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Why do businesses sponsor sporting events, township recreation events, and other initiatives?  Of course, they sponsor to show their public support. But there’s much more to it.  

Importantly, business owners want to align their business’s brand with the reputation and credibility of the event or initiative they are sponsoring. They ...