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Daisy Troop 65475 Visits the South Plainfield Police Department

January 27, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Members of South Plainfield Girl Scout Troop 65475 recently had the opportunity to tour the borough's police station while working toward one of their Daisy petals. 

On Jan. 21, the group of nine kindergartners, led by Jessica Chin and Andrea Blath, received a tour of South Plainfield Police headquarters courtesy of Officer Lauren Perry who herself ...

It's Time to Get Ready for New Jersey's Bag Ban: "Do You Ever Feel Like a Plastic Bag?"

January 19, 2022

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - New Jersey’s ban on single-use plastic products is inching closer, prompting local businesses to assess how to continue operation if they are no longer allowed to use plastic bags. P.L. 2020 c117, which was signed into law on November 4, 2020, will go into effect on May 4, 2022. 

The new law, which prohibits the use of single-use plastic carryout bags in all ...

Two South Plainfield Administrators Appointed to Elementary Principal Positions

January 26, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – At a South Plainfield Board of Education meeting Jan. 19, two district administrators were appointed to new positions. 

Shannon Colucci, the current vice principal of Grant School, will take over the principalship at Franklin Elementary, effective Feb. 11, and Tameka Grier-Dupiche, an assistant principal at South Plainfield High School, will go on to ...

Multiple Ethics Violations Filed Against Sitting South Plainfield Board of Education Member

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Five current and one former member of the South Plainfield Board of Education (SPBOE) have lodged ethics charges against a sitting colleague. 

In the complaint, filed with the New Jersey State Department of Education School Ethics Commission, SPBOE members Keith Both, Tom Cassio, Jim Giannakis, Pio Pennisi, William Seesselberg, and former member Doug Chapman ...

Head Down to KC's for Food and Radio Bingo Fun

January 18, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Every Tuesday night, patrons of KC's Korner -  – the Norman House can enjoy food and drink specialties while trying their luck at radio bingo.

"Radio Bingo is a creative spin on the traditional game and we are pleased to be able to offer it here," said Walter Kurilew, owner of the Oak Tree Avenue restaurant and tavern, telling TAPinto that, ...

Soon-to-Be-Implemented Bag Ban Highlighted at South Plainfield Council Meeting

January 27, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A statewide ban on single-use plastic bags will go into effect May 4 and, during a recent council meeting, Mayor Matt Anesh, through a proclamation, stated the Bag Up NJ initiative 'is an 'educational campaign…the governing body intends to support and promote.' 

"The governing body of the Borough of South Plainfield is aware ...

TAPinto South Plainfield Named Borough's Official Electronic News Source 6th Year in a Row 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – During a Jan. 3 reorganization meeting, the Borough of South Plainfield once again unanimously approved, through a  resolution (22-24), the designation of TAPinto as its 'official electronic news source.' 2022 marks the sixth consecutive year the online daily newspaper has garnered this distinction. 

"We are delighted ...

South Plainfield Likely to See a Slick Thursday Morning Commute, Forecasters Say

January 19, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — Slick conditions are forecast for the Thursday morning commute, forecasters said.

A winter weather advisory in effect 5 a.m. – 1 p.m. calls for up to two inches of snow with three inches possible in some places, the National Weather Service said.

“Plan on slippery road conditions,” the advisory stated. “The hazardous conditions will ...

Rutgers Researchers Develop COVID-19 Rapid Test that Can Detect Omicron Variant

January 27, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers researchers have developed a rapid test that detects all known COVID-19 variants, including the highly transmissible omicron variant.

The test, which can be performed at laboratories experienced in COVID-19 testing, can quickly detect clinical samples that contain the SARS-CoV-2 virus with signature mutations for each known variant of concern—namely, the ...

South Plainfield Students, Apply for the 2022 Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship

January 17, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield high school seniors, it's time to apply for the Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship. DeLeeuw, a prominent Plainfield resident and a patron of the arts, established a scholarship fund to assist students in need in the Plainfield/South Plainfield area for their pursuit of post-secondary education. The submission deadline is Wednesday, March 9

The ...

South Plainfield Weekly Sports Roundup: Hoops on a Roll, Wrestling Takes Over First Place

January 24, 2022

South Plainfield High School winter sports have gone another week with plenty of success.

Check out the week that was for the Tigers.

BOYS BASKETBALL

South Plainfield added three more wins to its resume. The Tigers defeated Piscataway Tech, 83-23, Middlesex, 71-56, and Highland Park, 68-46.

The Tigers are 11-3 on the season and have won eight games in a row. They are .5 games out of ...

Freshman Eva Altamirano Settling in with SPHS wrestling

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield High School wrestling has been among the top-notch programs in the state of New Jersey for years.

It just won its 800th dual meet last week, and the Tigers, who started grappling in 1961-62 have since won 12 state team titles, 17 sectional crowns, 26 Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament team championships, and 36 straight team district titles. The ...

When Every Vote Counts, Market Your Candidacy Locally on TAPinto South Plainfield

January 13, 2022

The recent election in New Jersey told us one clear thing:  except perhaps in the bluest of blue and the reddest of red areas, elections in New Jersey are now competitive at every level of government.  In many districts fewer than 1,000 votes decided the winner and in some, just a handful of votes one way or the other would have changed who won.  When every vote counts, there is no ...

Bloodgood, Mott Named Rotary's January Students of the Month 

January 20, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield High School (SPHS) seniors Ashley Bloodgood and Kylie Mott have been named the Edison Rotary Club's  January 2022 Students of the Month and were honored at a breakfast held Jan. 19 at the Edison Elks lodge. 

Throughout the school year, the Edison Rotary Club recognizes the academic achievements of SPHS seniors based on ...

Always Room for Strawberries

January 26, 2022

As you plan this year’s garden, be sure to include some strawberries. They are low in calories, high in vitamin C and antioxidants, and provide seasonal interest in gardens and containers.

Best of all, you don’t need much space to grow this delicious fruit. There are three types of strawberries:  June or spring bearing, everbearing, and day neutral. Select the best type of ...

South Plainfield Mourns Officer Conklin’s Murder on 50 Year Anniversary

January 24, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A large contingent of South Plainfield Police Officers gathered in Holy Redeemer Cemetery on the 50th anniversary of the killing of South Plainfield Police Officer Richard H. Conklin. Conklin was killed on January 21, 1972 while assisting an ambulance transport of a mentally unstable patient. Conklin was the first South Plainfield Officer killed in the line of ...

Multiple Ethics Violations Filed Against Sitting South Plainfield Board of Education Member

January 21, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Five current and one former member of the South Plainfield Board of Education (SPBOE) have lodged ethics charges against a sitting colleague. 

In the complaint, filed with the New Jersey State Department of Education School Ethics Commission, SPBOE members Keith Both, Tom Cassio, Jim Giannakis, Pio Pennisi, William Seesselberg, and former member Doug Chapman ...

Tuesday is National Plan for Vacation Day

January 24, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Tuesday is National Plan for Vacation Day, which encourages Americans to plan their vacation days for the entire year. Findings by the travel industry and partners have continuously shown that vacation days are not being used, thus affecting workers' mental health, personal relationships and job performance.

According to a new study by Destination Analysts, commissioned by ...

Mother Seton Community Rallies to Help Two of Their Own

January 26, 2022

(Editor's Note: Due to privacy concerns and out of respect for the families involved, TAPinto is not publishing the names of the Mother Seton Regional High School students involved in the Jan. 12 accident. According to a Jan. 25 social media post on a neighborhood page, one of the student's involved in the accident has strong ties to the South Plainfield community). 

CLARK, ...

New Brunswick to Open Warming Center as Arctic Vortex Plunges East into Deep Freeze

January 22, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The cold snap that has plunged the area into a deep freeze with unseasonably low temperatures – even for winter – shows no signs relenting.

The city will open Unity Square Community Center at 81 Remsen Avenue as a warming center tonight.

A Code Blue has been called for the evening of Saturday, Jan. 22 until the morning of Sunday Jan. 23.

Unity Square ...

New Brunswick Zoning Board Approves Plan for Seven-Story Apartment on Bayard Street

January 25, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A developer can move forward with plans to raze two vacant buildings on Bayard Street and put up a seven-story apartment after receiving approval from the city’s Zoning Board on Monday night.

Thomas Kelso, attorney for 89 Bayard LLC, unveiled plans for a 47,000-square-foot building that would have retail/office space on the ground floor and 45 residential units ...

New Jersey's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission Falls Below 1.0, but South Plainfield on the Rise

January 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — The COVID-19 Rate of Transmission, the measurement of how much the virus is spreading, fell below 1.0 on Tuesday to 0.96.  A number below 1.0 means the outbreak is on the decline, with every infected person spreading COVID-19 to fewer than one additional person, on average.

The State Health Department confirmed 9,073 additional new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

Laura Matos Attends First Public Meeting in New Role on Legislative Apportionment Commission

January 27, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — “Our Democratic Party is not defined by one individual or one single entity. It is defined by our ideals,” said LeRoy Jones, Jr., the Democratic co-chair of the Legislative Apportionment Commission before a public redistricting meeting Wednesday night. 

“Our strength is in our diversity. Our strength is in our inclusiveness. Our strength is in ...

Route 3 Bridge Gets Millions for Upgrades, Paving Way for Thousands of Jobs

SECAUCUS, NJ - The Route 3 Bridge over the Hackensack River connecting East Rutherford to Secaucus is getting a much-needed facelift. 

It will cost $143.6 million. 

Sens Bob Menendez (D - NJ) and Cory Booker (D - NJ), along with Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D - District 9) joined Gov. Phil Murphy in Secaucus to announce the planned upgrades secured ...

Team USA Uniforms Made In New Jersey Amid Olympic Controversy

NEW JERSEY — A piece of New Jersey will be represented at the Winter Olympics and Paralympics despite controversy surrounding the games. 

Team USA’s opening ceremony uniforms in Beijing will be assembled and manufactured by Clifton, New Jersey-based manufacturer Better Team USA designed by Ralph Lauren. 

Better Team USA is a luxury outerwear manufacturing facility that ...

VIDEO: Teenager's Advocacy Leads to New State Law, District's Plan to Cut Millions and On a Roll!

January 26, 2022

NEW JERSEY — One teenager's idea to help babies leads to a new law in New Jersey. Plus, another teenager is definitely on a roll! And one school district has a big plan to cut millions.

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

Now in New Jersey Powered by TAPinto is available for free as a ...

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The Athlete of the Week: Sara McNelly Girls’ Basketball Guard

The South Plainfield Girls basketball team continued its winning ways.  The team first scored a 44-33 win over Woodbridge.  South Plainfield then scored a 60-56 OT win over Red Division rival Piscataway and finished the week on Friday with a 60-11 win over Carteret.  The Tigers have now won four in a row to bring the team’s record to 6-5 for the season.  A major ...

The Athlete of the Week: Olivia Kapolka Girls’ Basketball Guard

The South Plainfield Girls’ Basketball team had a terrific week.  This past week the Lady Tigers won both games they played. On Thursday, South Plainfield defeated Woodbridge Academy by a score of 61-18.  Then in a non-divisional game of the week on Saturday morning, the Lady Tigers controlled the Farmers of Union 49-39.  This brought South Plainfield to 2-2 on the ...

Obituaries

South Plainfield - Joseph F. Goffreda, 94, passed away Saturday, January 22, 2022 in Robert Wood ...
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Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

January 27, 2022

I would like to congratulate Shannon Colucci and Tameka Grier-Dupiche on their appointment as principal of Franklin Elementary and Riley Elementary schools respectively. 

 

I would also like to congratulate Superintendent Noreen Lishak for those appointments which begin to reflect the diversity of the student body of South Plainfield. 

 

I believe ...

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TAPinto South Plainfield Named Borough's Official Electronic News Source 6th Year in a Row 

January 20, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – During a Jan. 3 reorganization meeting, the Borough of South Plainfield once again unanimously approved, through a  resolution (22-24), the designation of TAPinto as its 'official electronic news source.' 2022 marks the sixth consecutive year the online daily newspaper has garnered this distinction. 

"We are delighted ...

Middlesex County Sheriff's Office to hold Ninth Annual Sheriff's Civilian Academy

Applications are now accepted for Spring of 2022

The Sheriff’s Office will hold an 8-week-long Sheriff’s Civilian Academy for residents of Middlesex County in the Spring of 2022. The Sheriff’s Civilian Academy is designed to educate Middlesex County residents on the various functions and duties of the Sheriff’s Office. Applications are being accepted now for the ...

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic--Walk-In, No Registration & No Appointment Necessary, Ages 5 to Adult

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic--WALK-IN, NO REGISTRATION & NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY - AGES 5 TO ADULTS

Open EVERY WEDNESDAY to the general public ( you don’t have to be a patient) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton from 7:30am to 3:30pm. COVID-19 vaccines & boosters (Pfizer, Moderna & J&J). Park in Lot D & enter @ Lakefront Tower entrance. Bring insurance ...

TAPinto South Plainfield Named Borough's Official Electronic News Source 6th Year in a Row 

January 20, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – During a Jan. 3 reorganization meeting, the Borough of South Plainfield once again unanimously approved, through a  resolution (22-24), the designation of TAPinto as its 'official electronic news source.' 2022 marks the sixth consecutive year the online daily newspaper has garnered this distinction. 

"We are delighted ...

Wrestling Saint Joseph Defeats Old Bridge, Somerville and Sparta at Quad Meet

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph wrestlers continued their strong performances on Saturday by defeating opponents from Old Bridge, Somerville, and Sparta on Saturday. 

Saint Joseph over Old Bridge, 59-16

106 Zachary Beadling (St. Joseph Metuchen) over Nicholas Duchatellier (Old Bridge) (Fall 0:37)
113 John Whitacre (St. Joseph Metuchen) over Ziyad Ibrahim (Old Bridge) (Fall ...

Fund Raising- It Isn't Just About Money Given by the Rich and Famous!

That's right: It isn't just about Warren Buffett and Bill Gates.

Hi everyone. Whether you live in New Jersey, New York, or almost anyplace else, fund-raising is vital to your community's well-being!

Today we’re going to discuss this vital, multi-billion-dollar industry, which seeks to help societies and people around the world function better. I’m ...

South Plainfield Environmental Commission Public Meeting Dates for 2022

South Plainfield Environmental Commission Public Meeting dates for 2022 are as follows:

February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14 & January 11, 2023.

 The meetings take place on the second Wednesday of each month at the Borough Hall @ 7:30 pm

Upcoming Events

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Thu, January 27, 11:00 AM

Scotch Plains

Emergency Blood Drive

Fri, January 28, 10:30 AM

South Plainfield Free Public Library, South Plainfield

"Babytime" Program

Arts & Entertainment Education

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Sun, January 30, 12:30 PM

South Plainfield

Holy Savior Academy – Open House

Education

Mon, January 31, 10:30 AM

South Plainfield Free Public Library, South Plainfield

"Toddler Time" Program

Arts & Entertainment Education

Columns

Legislation Designed to Ensure Safety of Students Traveling on School Buses Heads to Governor’s Desk

The final legislative piece of a three-bill package designed to ensure the safety of New Jersey students traveling on school buses is headed to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk to be signed into law.

The bill (S-3851), which Senators Joseph Lagana (D-Bergen/Passaic) and Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. (D-Middlesex) sponsored, will create the Office of School Bus Safety in the Department of Education to ...

A Cornoranvirus Story, Some Guidelines, Some New Information

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 18, NEW JERSEY: Hello again everybody, and a happy and healthy New Year to you all. It has been some time since I last wrote an article here and a lot has transpired in the world since. The world continues to deal with COVID-19 and the rise of variants. We are still coming to terms with the loved ones and milestones lost to the pandemic. In the last two years we have ...

The Sailor's Bookshelf: 50 Books to know the Sea by Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.)

The Sailor’s Bookshelf: Fifty Books to Know the Sea by Admiral James Stavridis, USN (RET.) (Naval Institute Press, 2021).

 

The first review that I published with the tapinto franchise was entitled 50 Books That Went to War. That volume recounted the books that were popular with the men and women who served our country during World War II. The fascinating list of works, which ...

Bookmarks

As winter slogs on, the library is still the best place to stock up on cold weather reads, movies, music and more. The library hours are as follows. We’re open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; Wednesday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and Saturdays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. We’re also offering contactless, curbside pickup, so feel free to reserve items online ...

TAPinto Publisher Bobbie Peer Expands Ownership, Acquiring Two More Local Sites

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Bobbie Peer is clear about what she is and what she is not.

"I'm not a journalist, I'm the first to tell you that. I'm a marketing person that runs a business," Peer said.

Peer owns five TAPinto sites. In October 2021, Peer became the publisher of TAPinto Basking Ridge and TAPinto Bernardsville/Bedminister. She started ...

Press Releases

ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP and Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC) Join Forces to Form a Clinical Affiliation in New Jersey

January 26, 2022

Tarrytown, NY– ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP (ENTA) is pleased to announce that the practice has formed a clinical affiliation with Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC), formerly Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

“We are thrilled to affiliate and collaborate with ENT and Allergy Associates. ENTA is recognized throughout the region as a leader providing outstanding care to their ...

Local Author debuts children's book inspired by her two rescue cats

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ) Lifelong South Plainfield resident Nora Bruno has fulfilled a dream over 2.5 years in the making. She has written and published The Meow Brothers…Find A Home ideal for children ages 4-8. Bruno considers the book “a passion project close to my heart.” Upon discovering two stray cats in her neighborhood within months of each other in 2011, Bruno ...

Celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day with the Long Beach Island Region, NJ

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce reminds you to use your vacation days wisely in 2022 and start planning much-needed quality time that is only a road trip away

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. - Jan. 20, 2022 -  The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is joining thousands of organizations across the country to celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day and encourage ...