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The Sounds of Music: South Plainfield Students Take Part in District’s Annual Summer Program

August 10, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ –  Dozens of students with a passion for singing and playing instruments recently took part in South Plainfield School District's Summer Music Program. 

Over the course of the three-week program, which was held at South Plainfield Middle School and open to students entering third through 11th grade, participants had the opportunity to take part in ...

Hospitals in Urgent Need of Blood Donations

August 9, 2022

WEST ORANGE, NJ -  RWJBarnabas Health is making an urgent appeal for blood and platelet donations as it responds to a serious blood shortage at hospitals throughout the state. Life-saving blood donations are given to patients in a wide range of circumstances including cancer care, trauma events such as car accidents and home accidents, childbirth, and mass casualty ...

Swipe4Free and Other Merchant Services Offered by DiFrancesco Enterprises 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – DiFrancesco Enterprises, LLC, a South Plainfield-based ATM & Credit Card Merchant Services provider, offers customers a variety of services, including the new Swipe4Free and traditional credit card processing options. The company also offers mobile devices and free credit card terminals or the option to purchase one of its point-of-sale systems ...

South Plainfield’s Angelina Resal Attends Prestigious Science Program

August 4, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Angelina Resal, a rising senior at South Plainfield High School and lifelong resident of the borough, recently had the opportunity to take part in a prestigious program open to the top science students in the state.

From July 11 through July 30, Resal was among just 58 other students to attend the New Jersey Governor’s School in the Sciences; she was ...

Through Art, South Plainfield Students Look to ‘Empower A Community of Belonging’ 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A collaboration that began in September 2021 between the South Plainfield School District and the New Brunswick-based non-profit coLAB Arts culminated last month with the unveiling of a mural in the middle school’s courtyard. 

Last fall, with the support of administration and funding provided through Title 1, a small cohort of South Plainfield ...

Hazlet Township Committee Appoints Rob Bengivenga as New Administrator.

August 4, 2022

HAZLET, NJ: On Tuesday evening, at the Hazlet Township Committee meeting, Rob Bengivenga, 39, was appointed as Hazlet Township's new administrator. He will take the helm at Hazlet Township’s Town Hall starting September 1. His appointment won unanimous support in a vote by the four Township Committee members present.

As the top executive, Bengivenga will have a significant role ...

Joseph Indano Sworn in as Sergeant of the South Plainfield Police Department 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ –With his wife and children at his side, Joseph Indano was promoted and officially sworn in as a sergeant with the South Plainfield Police Department (SPPD) during a special borough council meeting held July 25. 

During the meeting, Mayor Matt Anesh and members of the South Plainfield Borough Council extended their best wishes to ...

Seeing Morris Cancer Center's Rapid Progress 'Makes it Real'

July 31, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Another steel beam bolted in place here. Some concrete poured there. And the distinct shape of a spiral staircase climbing to where the atrium will be bathed in sunlight.

Step by step, the state’s first free-standing cancer hospital has been taking shape under the gratified gaze of the director of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

 “What ...

RWJ Rahway Infusion Nurse Wins DAISY Award

August 4, 2022

RAHWAY, NJ - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway Infusion Center nurse Marisol Mateo was awarded the prestigious DAISY Award for her attentive, family-focused care. 

The Colonia resident, who was nominated by the wife of a patient, was praised for her careful explanations, her gentle touch and her intuitive care.  With a look, she knows “when you need a blanket, a ...

Yankees Promote Boyle & Bell from AA Somerset to AAA Scranton

August 9, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The New York Yankees have promoted RHP Sean Boyle and INF Chad Bell to the Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. 

Additionally, RHP Matt Sauer and 1B Eric Wagaman have been promoted to Double-A Somerset, and RHP Blas Castano has been transferred to High-A Hudson Valley.

Boyle posted an 8-4 record and 3.75 ERA for Somerset ...

Patriots End 4-Game Skid Against Rumble Ponies 

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- The Somerset Patriots (61-39) used another dominant start from Sean Boyle to snap their season-long losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (39-61) on Saturday night.

The start came one day after Boyle was named by Minor League Baseball as the Eastern League Pitcher of Month for July, when he posted a 3-0 record and 0.82 ...

Wagaman Pads Lead with Home Run in First Game with Patriots

August 10, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- The Somerset Patriots (62-39) used a pair of late home runs and put on a defensive showcase to top the Hartford Yard Goats (61-41) by a score of 3-1 in their Tuesday night series opener.

In the top of the ninth inning, Brandon Lockridge leaped at the center field wall and caught what would have been a tying two-run shot off the bat of Brenton Doyle to end the ...

First “Suzy Duals” from Phillipsburg Wrestling Club a Success

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ - Summer is filled with people sprinting to their favorite vacation spot, eating ice cream, and enjoying a cool dip in a pool on a blazing hot day. Chances are, most people did one of these things this past weekend. For High School and Middle School Wrestling fans, they spent it Sunday, July 31 2022 at the Phillipsburg High School’s gymnasium competing in the first annual ...

Four to Vie for Three Seats on South Plainfield Board of Education 

July 28, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ –TAPinto South Plainfield has confirmed that four residents are seeking election to three at-large seats on the board of education this November. 

Petitions for candidates seeking election to the South Plainfield Board of Education (SPBOE) in November 2022 were due at 4 p.m. July 25 and, according to the unofficial list obtained from the Middlesex County ...

Improvements, Renovations, and Upgrades Taking Place in South Plainfield Schools 

August 9, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – School may be out for summer but, throughout the district, various budgeted improvement and renovation projects are currently under way. 

“As summer 2022 progresses, the district is busy preparing for what lies ahead for our students, faculty, and staff in September. We are working hard to write curriculum, prepare classrooms spaces in many of our ...

Hot Weather Garden Woes

August 1, 2022

Poor flowering and misshapen or a lack of fruit on tomatoes, peppers and squash may be due to the weather, not your gardening skills. Temperature extremes can interfere with flowering and fruit set on these and other vegetables in your garden.

We watch for and can’t wait to taste that first red ripe tomato. It is certainly frustrating when we see flowers drop or the plant fails to form ...

South Plainfield Holds 8th Annual National Night Out 

August 5, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The return of the summer 2022 heat wave did not deter residents from heading outdoors on the evening of Aug. 2 for South Plainfield's 8th Annual National Night Out (NNO). 

Sponsored by the South Plainfield Police Department (SPPD), NNO is a family-friendly community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood ...

August is National "Make a Will" Month

August 9, 2022

MIDDLESEX COUNTY. NJ - August is “National Make a Wills Month,” and according to a new survey from senior living referral service Caring.com only 33% of Americans have a will or living trust. Which means 67% are leaving what happens to them and their estates to others, including the state. To ensure your final wishes are executed as you intended, the Middlesex County ...

New Jersey Sunflower Trail Open for Summer Season

July 29, 2022

WASHINGTON, NJ – The New Jersey Sunflower Trail at Von Thun Farms is a must-visit summer destination in the tri-state area.

Located in the scenic rolling hills of Warren County, the sunflower trail is open daily through Labor Day, 9 – 5 on weekends and 10 – 5 on weekdays. The farm has eight distinct sunflower trails, all planted at different times this spring, to ensure ...

South Plainfield Elks #2298 Back in Business Nearly A Year After Ida

August 11, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – After nearly a year, the South Plainfield Elks Lodge #2298 is back and open to members and serving the community. 

Last fall, Tropical Storm Ida swept through South Plainfield, wreaking havoc on homes and businesses and the Elks lodge, located on New Market Avenue, did not go unscathed. The floodwaters that rose to nearly five feet both inside and outside the ...

Authorities Working to Identify Man Whose Body was Recovered from Raritan River in New Brunswick

August 10, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Authorities are working to identify a man whose body was recovered from the Raritan River on Monday, Aug. 8.

The body was recovered near the Albany Street Bridge at about 3 p.m., according to New Brunswick Police Deputy Director J.T. Miller.

Miller said members of the New Brunswick Police Department and New Brunswick Fire Department responded to the ...

State Urges Residents and Businesses to Conserve Water as New Jersey Enters Drought Watch

August 9, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Due to ongoing hot and dry conditions, New Jersey is under a drought watch as of Tuesday. The state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is asking residents and businesses to conserve water.

New Jersey has a three-stage drought advisory system. A drought watch is the first step. DEP says it's to encourage voluntary conservation measures, and, if ...

Sen. Joseph Lagana Discusses School Safety Legislation, Says Students Must Be Protected

August 10, 2022

PARAMUS, NJ — Sen. Joseph Lagana has three main inspirations for wanting to keep New Jersey's children safe at school.

"I try to use my real-life experience and apply it to my job as a legislator," Lagana (D - District 38) told TAPinto. "And part of (that) is being a father and having three kids."

When he takes his daughters — who are headed into ...

New Jersey's Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs Receive $10 Million in Funding

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) are getting a big financial boost.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin announced Monday the programs, which help and support victims of violence, will receive $10 million in federal American Recovery Plan (ARP) funds.

“The Paterson Healing Collective is pleased to ...

State Parole Board Chairman Talks About New Grant to Help Offenders with Substance Use Disorder

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's State Parole Board is teaming up with Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care to help offenders struggling with substance use disorder, both before and after their release.

"We're confident that this is something that could be life-changing to a lot of people," State Parole Board Chairman Samuel J. Plumeri, Jr. told TAPinto.

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Behind the Scenes: From Citizen to Legislator

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South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club will Begin Hosting Tryouts this Week

South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club will begin hosting tryouts this week for the upcoming Travel Season for 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, and 12U Teams (7U will be in Spring).  This is a commitment from Sept and typically through the end of July depending on the Team's Plans. More details are in the flyers.  Only one tryout is required, but coming to both is strongly ...

New Jersey’s Disabled Community Feels Inflation the Most

Whether we push a shopping cart down the supermarket aisle or order through a delivery app, all New Jerseyans are noticing that grocery prices are on the rise. 

The cost of buying food has increased by 9.1% over the past year, according to government data released last month. Combined with fluctuating gas prices, rising rents as well as interest rates, inflation is forcing many of us to ...

TAPinto Reader Mail Bag: Not Shy About Speaking Up!

NEW JERSEY — TAPinto's News Around New Jersey readers had a lot to say recently about our recent stories focusing on guns, red-light-running and the money perks for those running the most powerful union in New Jersey.

The biggest response was about a foundation report on what the top officials of the New Jersey Education Association were earning in salaries and from a separate ...

Press Releases

​Community Medical Center Earns National Recognition for Women’s Care Excellence in Healthgrades OB/GYN Awards

August 11, 2022

​Community Medical Center Earns National Recognition for Women’s Care Excellence in Healthgrades OB/GYN Awards

Community Medical Center one of only 17 hospitals nationwide to receive all three Women’s Care Excellence Awards from Healthgrades.
 

Toms River, NJ, August 11, 2022 — Community Medical Center​, an RWJBarnabas Health facility​, has earned all ...

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Chief Echocardiography Technologist Receives Biggest Heart Award from ASE Foundation

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Chief Echocardiography Technologist Bharat Patel, RDCS, FASE, was recently honored by the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) Foundation with a 2021 Biggest Heart Award.

 

Patel, who has been the ASE Foundation’s Annual Appeal Committee Co-Chair since 2019, was recognized for being the ...

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Now Offers Robotic Surgery At Ambulatory Surgical Pavilion

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  –  Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s Robotic Surgical Services Team recently performed its first robotic surgery case at the hospital’s outpatient Ambulatory Surgical Pavilion (ASP) using the DaVinci X robot — the latest generation of the technology.

 

Robotic surgery procedures that are now performed at the ASP include: most ...

Letters to the Editor

Letter from Lt. Christopher Colucci  South Plainfield Police, Juvenile Division 

August 11, 2022

Dear Editor

On behalf of the South Plainfield Police Department, I wanted to take a moment to recognize those that were instrumental to the success of the South Plainfield Junior Police Academy (SPJPA) that was held August 1-5, 2022.  The 5th and 6th-grade SPJPA cadets spent the first four days at the South Plainfield PAL Building and Veterans Park and concluded their week ...

Community Happenings

South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club will Begin Hosting Tryouts this Week

August 2, 2022

South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club will begin hosting tryouts this week for the upcoming Travel Season for 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, and 12U Teams (7U will be in Spring).  This is a commitment from Sept and typically through the end of July depending on the Team's Plans. More details are in the flyers.  Only one tryout is required, but coming to both is strongly ...

Looking Forward

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Today on Looking Forward we’re going to focus on the retail sector of the economy. We'll look at look at COVID’s impact on retail sales. We’ll also explore why some businesses have succeeded in the retail market, while others have not. We’ll peer into the future of retail sales to see what that might look ...

Cats in the Navy by Scot Christenson

Cats in the Navy by Scot Christenson. (Naval Institute Press, 2022)

 

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The Hotel Nantucket

 The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand. (Little, Brown, 2022)

 

Ladies,  the latest Elin Hilderbrand novel to tuck into your beach bag has arrived. It is The Hotel Nantucket.  Although this is Hilderbrand’s 27th book about her beloved island, this charming novel has a more whimsical tone than many of the others and will provide a few hours of pleasant romance and ...

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Columns

Diegnan bill requiring New Jersey to establish electric school bus program becomes law

Gov. Phil Murphy today signed into law a bill requiring the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to develop and implement an electric school bus program.

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., D-Middlesex, sponsored the legislation, which is designed to determine the operational reliability and cost effectiveness of replacing diesel-powered school buses with electric counterparts for the ...

Bookmarks August 2022

It's mid-August and summer reading is winding down. If you haven’t already registered, there’s still a week left! Be sure to track everything you’ve read this summer and come by the library to pick up loads of fabulous prizes. You don’t want to miss out. 

There are lots of fun children’s programs happening this week. On Monday, August 15 join us for an ...

TAPinto South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen Named Grand Marshal of Labor Day Parade

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — When Darlene Tedesco-Cullen received a call from South Plainfield Councilwoman Christine Faustini to talk about the borough's annual Labor Day parade, Tedesco-Cullen thought she knew what it was about.

"Usually I help judge the floats, so I figured she was going to ask me if I was going to be around Labor Day to judge again," Tedesco-Cullen, the ...