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Avery Green to Serve as Lead Student for South Plainfield High School Research Project 

September 14, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Avery Green, a sophomore at South Plainfield High School (SPHS), spent two weeks in July conducting research in molecular biology and bioinformatics as one of just a handful of students selected to participate in the Rutgers University-based Waksman Student Scholar Program (WSSP) Summer Institute (SI). 

“I was very excited for the opportunity and a ...

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Breaks Ground on $225 Million Cancer Center

September 22, 2022

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The construction of a five-story, 137,000-square-foot cancer center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC) in Livingston is now underway following a groundbreaking ceremony held at the site of the $225-million project on Tuesday night.

The freestanding outpatient facility, which is scheduled for completion in 2025, will serve as the northern hub for the integrated ...

NJ Devils Boost Business for LeGrand Coffee House

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Former Rutgers football defensive lineman Eric LeGrand is gaining major yardage for his downtown coffee house and online specialty coffee sales.

The business boost for LeGrand Coffee House comes on the ice – not the gridiron – courtesy a valuable new partnership with the New Jersey Devils and Prudential Financial.

LeGrand, 32, is the newest recipient of ...

Middlesex County Offers Multiple Ways to Vote in 2022 General Election

September 24, 2022

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – New Jersey residents will again have multiple, convenient options for casting their vote in the 2022 General Election on November 8, 2022. Those options include mailing ballots through the United States Postal Service (USPS); dropping a ballot in any of the 30+ secure drop boxes across the County; nine days of in-person early voting at any of the 10 early vote ...

South Plainfield’s Hometown Heroes Honored at Family Presentation Ceremony 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The fourth installment of South Plainfield’s Hometown Heroes banner program was recently completed and, on the morning of Sept. 17, hundreds of residents gathered at the Family Presentation Ceremony held at Monument Park. 

“This program started based on our desire as a community to recognize, honor, and show appreciation for our heroes, those who ...

Part Time Position Available in the Borough of South Plainfield

September 16, 2022

RECYCLING COMPLEX (PT) – The Borough of South Plainfield is looking for a part time grounds keeper. Varied outdoor work at the South Plainfield Recycling Complex. Part-time up to 20 hours per week.  Please call Alice Tempel @ 908-226-7621 or email atempel@southplainfieldnj.com.

Sujan Puar of South Plainfield Does It Again!

WOODBRIDGE, NJ - Sujan Puar of South Plainfield participated in the 2022 New Jersey Senior Olympics in Woodbridge Township on September 9th, 10th and 11th in 80-84 age group. He was awarded the following medals.

50 M run – 2nd place silver medal

800 M run – 1st place  gold medal

1500 M run 1st place gold medal

1500 m Racewalk 1st place gold ...

Laney Bug Stickball Tournament to Benefit CHOP Cardiac Patients and their Families

September 26, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A charity stickball tournament is being conducted in loving memory of Laney Grace Stoeckel with all entry fees and any additional donations benefiting cardiac patients at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and their families.

The first annual Laney Bug Stickball Tournament will be held Oct. 5 for boys and girls in grades 3 through 8 at the Ponytail Softball ...

South Plainfield HS Violinists Perform With The Piano Guys

September 26, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ ­– Orchestra students from South Plainfield High School (SPHS) recently had the opportunity to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime performance. 

Earlier this month, The Piano Guys - a music group that has gained popularity on YouTube over the last decade for putting together creative videos of their mix of classical and pop music performances ...

Stop & Shop and REPLENISH to Hold one-day Food Drive at Middlesex County Stop & Shop Stores

September 14, 2022

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Stop & Shop and REPLENISH will hold a one-day food drive at all Middlesex County Stop & Shop stores on Saturday, September 17 from 10 am-2 pm to benefit the growing number of families in Middlesex County in need of assistance. This free event is open to media and the public.

 

The participating stores

East Brunswick - 647 Route 18 ...

Volunteers Clean Up South Plainfield

September 22, 2022

More than 160 children and adults came out on Saturday, September 17 to clear litter from South Plainfield’s roadsides, parks and open spaces.  Scouts, students and Adopt-A-Spotters joined with other individuals and families to fill more than eighty orange bags with plastic and paper litter, bottles, cans and junk.    Covering nearly two road miles and over 160 acres, ...

Still Time to Register for Steeplechase Distance Runs in Hillsborough

September 15, 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The 14th annual Steeplechase Distance Run will be held Sunday, Sept. 25 at Amsterdam School in Hillsborough and as a virtual event to raise funds for the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility.

Coordinated by Somerset Health Care Foundation, the event offers three ways to participate. Runners and ...

An Update on Renovation, Improvement Projects in South Plainfield Schools

September 15, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Numerous improvement projects within South Plainfield Schools were completed in time for the first day of the 2022-2023 academic year with a few others on track to be finished in the coming weeks. 

“Everything is moving along and we are thrilled to welcome our students, faculty, and staff back to our updated facilities,” Alex Benanti, the ...

Patriots Drop Game One in Eastern League Championship Playoff Series

September 26, 2022

ERIE, Pa. – The Somerset Patriots were defeated 6-5 by the Erie SeaWolves in game one of the Eastern League Championship Series on Saturday night at UPMB Park.

The Patriots struck first in the game with a two-run double by Austin Wells that brought home the game's first two runs in the third inning.

The SeaWolves proceeded to score in the next four innings to take the game's ...

Patriots Persevere, Cobble Together Walks & Singles to Win Playoff Series

 

BRIDGEWATER, NJ– The Somerset Patriots punched their Eastern League Championship Series ticket with a 6-5 walk-off win over the Portland Sea Dogs at TD Bank Ballpark on Thursday night.

Brandon Lockridge supplied the heroics with a tenth inning walk-off single to score former Sea Dog Jeisson Rosario from third base to win the game.

Lockridge gave the Patriots their first ...

South Plainfield Football Thumps J.P. Stevens to Move to 4-0

September 24, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. -- Can the Tigers be stopped?

The South Plainfield football team moved to 4-0 on the season courtesy of a 48-22 victory over J.P. Stevens on Friday night at home at Frank R. Jost Field.

South Plainfield has won the last three meetings with the Hawks, outsourcing them 102-39 in that span. The Tigers are 4-0 for the first time since 2016 when it made the sectional ...

Former Rutgers and NFL Quarterback Ray Lucas Warns Scotch Plains-Fanwood Athletes About Drug Addiction

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - Former Rutgers and NFL Quarterback Ray Lucas visited to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on Tuesday, Sept. 20, to spread awareness on drug addiction in the sports world. Lucas is working with the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) on a program called "Knock Out Opioid Abuse."

This program ...

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Union Catholic Girls XC Team Rolls, Wischusen Opens Season With Win At Bowdoin Classic

September 26, 2022

WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY -- The Union Catholic girls, ranked No. 2 in the state, blitzed the competition with a remarkable performance and Jimmy Wischusen opened his season with an impressive victory at Saturday's Bowdoin Park Classic in Wappingers Falls, N.Y.     

Junior Peyton Hollis led the charge for the UC girls in the Division 2 race with a winning time of ...

RWJUH Hamilton Celebrates the Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton’s 30th Anniversary and Flags for Heroes Kick-Off

HAMILTON, NJ  – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (RWJUH Hamilton), an RWJBarnabas Health facility, hosted a community celebration on Saturday, September 24, 2022, on the hospital campus to commemorate the Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton’s 30th Anniversary. The ceremony also marked the kick-off of the club’s annual Flags for Heroes ...

Union Catholic's Hunsinger and Crotty Attend Space Academy

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In Union Catholic's latest installment of Feature Friday, the spotlight shines on UC juniors Josh Hunsinger and Jasmin Crotty, who each had great experiences this summer when they attended the prestigious Advanced Space Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama

Hunsinger and Crotty, who attended the Space Academy through a program ...

Middlesex County Offers Multiple Ways to Vote in 2022 General Election

September 24, 2022

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – New Jersey residents will again have multiple, convenient options for casting their vote in the 2022 General Election on November 8, 2022. Those options include mailing ballots through the United States Postal Service (USPS); dropping a ballot in any of the 30+ secure drop boxes across the County; nine days of in-person early voting at any of the 10 early vote ...

How to become a poll worker—and Other Ways to Encourage Voting

Voting in America is as old as the country itself. From the first election in 1788, in which George Washington was unanimously elected president, to President Joe Biden's victory over former President Donald Trump in 2020, voting for our leaders is one of the few parts of the political process that hasn't changed much—though in 2020 both the process and the results became highly ...

Harvesting Red and Green Tomatoes

September 16, 2022

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes. Harvesting when they are fully ripe ensures the best flavor for eating fresh, cooking, and preserving.

Visit your garden often and watch for the fruit to turn from green to fully colored. Then leave them on the plant for five to eight days. Vine-ripened tomatoes have the best flavor for using fresh or preserving.

Check plants ...

South Plainfield’s Hometown Heroes Honored at Family Presentation Ceremony 

September 22, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The fourth installment of South Plainfield’s Hometown Heroes banner program was recently completed and, on the morning of Sept. 17, hundreds of residents gathered at the Family Presentation Ceremony held at Monument Park. 

“This program started based on our desire as a community to recognize, honor, and show appreciation for our heroes, those who ...

Impact Church Worldwide to Host One-Year Anniversary of 'The Big Giveaway’ September 24

September 20, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Impact Church Worldwide (ICWW), located at 1253 New Market Avenue in South Plainfield, has scheduled the one-year anniversary of The Big Giveaway for Saturday, Sept. 24. 

During The Big Giveaway, the doors of ICWW's fully stocked 6,000 sq. foot outreach center will be opened to the community. Registration is free but ...

Middlesex County Magnet Schools schedule open houses at all locations

September 22, 2022

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ  -- The Middlesex County Magnet Schools have scheduled open houses on all five campuses for prospective students and their parents to become familiar with the career offerings and academic programs available.

 

On the East Brunswick Campus, 112 Rues Lane, the dates, all Saturdays from 10 am to noon, are October 22, December 10, and January 21.

 

For ...

Edison Teen Sri Nihal Tammana Wins N2022 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

September 22, 2022

EDISON, NJ - Sri Nihal Tammana, 13, a resident of Edison and 8th grader at Woodrow Wilson Middle School, who three years ago founded the non-profit Recycle My Battery (https://recyclemybattery.org), has received a 2022 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes.

The Barron Prize (https://barronprize.org) annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders who have made a ...

Help from New Jersey Headed to Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Fiona

September 22, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey is sending aid to Puerto Rico to help those impacted by Hurricane Fiona, which made landfall on Sunday, September 18. The storm brought more than 20 inches of rain and heavy wind, causing major infrastructure damage and power outages to the island.

"Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico during this devastating time," Gov. Phil ...

Chipotle to Pay New Jersey $7.75 Million to Settle Child Labor Law Violations

TRENTON, NJ — Chipotle Mexican Grill will pay the State of New Jersey a record $7.75 million to settle child labor law violations.

A 2020 New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) audit identified more than 30,000 violations that impacted minors at Chipotle locations in New Jersey. Those violations included Chipotle not abiding by limits on the number of hours ...

John Donnadio Advocates for County Government as Executive Director of the New Jersey Association of Counties

TRENTON, NJ — Sometimes, John Donnadio finds himself in 21 places at once.

As executive director of the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC), he’s an advocate for county government in Trenton and works with legislators and the governor’s office. At the local level, the NJAC is a nonpartisan and bipartisan resource for leaders and administrators in all 21 counties in New ...

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Letters to the Editor

Letter to Editor from Jim Giannakis

September 27, 2022

Tuesday, November 8th, is Election Day. Whether you vote in person or by mail, it is your right to make sure your voice is heard by voting. 

Our School Board election calls for 3 seats. As you drive around town please notice how much work is currently or has already been done to maintain/update all of our facilities. Mostly all of our projects, from the referendum forward have been ...

Vote 1-2-4 / Cassio, Chapman And Seesselberg Are My Choice

As a 61-year resident of South Plainfield, an active community member, and educator, I felt it was important to express my support for three outstanding candidates running for the Board of Education in November - Tom Cassio, Doug Chapman and Bill Seesselberg.

  I have had the pleasure of working with these dedicated candidates while serving on the board of education over the years ...

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The Garden State Parkway Murders by Christian Barth

The Garden State Parkway Murders by Christian Barth. (Wild Blue Press, 2020).

 

Memorial Day Weekend, 1969. Two college girls from Pennsylvania had spent a typical “down the shore” mini-vacation in Ocean City, NJ, a beach mecca for South Jerseyans and Philadelphians. Susan Davis and Elizabeth Perry enjoyed breakfast at the Somerset Point Diner at 5:00 a.m. before leaving ...

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Union Catholic Girls XC Team Rolls, Wischusen Opens Season With Win at Bowdoin Classic

WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY -- The Union Catholic girls, ranked No. 2 in the state, blitzed the competition with a remarkable performance and Jimmy Wischusen opened his season with an impressive victory at Saturday's Bowdoin Park Classic in Wappingers Falls, N.Y.     

Junior Peyton Hollis led the charge for the UC girls in the Division 2 race with a winning time of ...

Union Catholic's Hunsinger and Crotty Attended Space Academy This Summer

Union Catholic juniors Josh Hunsinger and Jasmin Crotty attended the prestigious Advanced Space Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, this summer through a program with the SFIC (Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children), a partner of the Archdiocese of Newark. They  enjoyed one week of high-level educational and team-building activities, which included ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Seventh Graders Visit Thomas Edison Memorial Museum

Seventh graders at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison kicked off their school year with a field trip and movie screen centered around local history on Friday, September 17. Chaperones Mrs. Kirstin Rogers, Ms. Tamica Van Dunk and Ms. Henna Tailor accompanied the students.

First, students visited the Thomas Edison Memorial Museum at Menlo Park, right here in our hometown of Edison. Students ...

Saint Joseph Fathers Club Announces Italian Night

METUCHEN, NJ - The Saint Joseph Fathers Club is proud to announce a new community event - Italian Night - coming to the Catanzaro Dining Hall on Friday, October 21. A wide variety of Italian dishes will be cooked and served by the fathers of Falcons past and present. Doors open at 5pm and close at 8pm. 

 

Italian Night is a new entry in a longstanding tradition of bringing people ...

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Looking Forward

Hello, TAPinto reader and Looking Forward listener! 

In today’s episode of Looking Forward, our guest expert, Jim Quinn, discusses some of the fascinating technology innovations he sees coming down the pike. And, in true Looking Forward fashion, he identifies some specific OPPORTUNITIES that advances in technology will offer to job and career seekers, ...

TRANSITional Art Project puts work of local artists on track

State Senator Patrick Diegnan praised all who collaborated on the latest TRANSITional Art Project, which has brought to life the work of four Middlesex County-based artists at the New Brunswick Station.

The creations of artists RH Doaz, Kate Eggleston, Pieche Waite and Hailey Potter beautify the New Brunswick Station with fiber-based art on external columns, photographic prints in the main ...

TAPinto Wayne Celebrates 1 Million Pageviews and Counting in 2022

WAYNE, NJ — TAPinto Wayne and its owner/publisher Jon “Ferris” Meredith are celebrating a milestone — 1 million pageviews, and counting, in 2022.

It’s the second time the local news and digital marketing platform, which launched three years ago, passed the 1 million pageview mark in a calendar year. The other time was in 2020, the first full year it was ...

Going Through The Mail Bag

NEW JERSEY — With a summer behind us, it seemed like a good time to regroup at TAPinto, and catch up to the more recent reader mail and comments that were piling up.

By far, the reader responses were focused on two separate stories recently written about two former Governors, Democrat Jim McGreevey and Republican Christine Todd Whitman, and what they’ve been up to since ...