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Middlesex County Fair Lifts the Lid Off Summer

July 26, 2021

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - What is summer in New Jersey without the Middlesex County Fair?  After a pandemic hiatus, summer's most fun event returns to its home at the County Fairgrounds on Cranbury Road in East Brunswick starting Monday, August 2 and continuing through Sunday, August 8.

Fireworks will light the sky on opening night, Monday, August 2.

The fair features rides, games, ...

Twin City Pharmacy to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines at 2021 National Night Out 

July 29, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield's National Night Out 2021 is less than a week away and, during the three-hour event, residents will have the opportunity to receive a COVID vaccine, courtesy of Twin City Pharmacy and Surgical. 

"National Night Out presents an opportunity for Twin City Pharmacy to promote health awareness to all age groups in our ...

South Plainfield High School Students Will Return to New Schedule in September

July 31, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – When students return to South Plainfield High School (SPHS) for in-person instruction this fall, they will be welcomed back by a new, permanent principal and a new block schedule designed to meet academic needs, expand course opportunity, and create additional opportunities for support.

"We had a number of goals we were trying to attain when ...

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

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Petitions for candidates seeking election to the South Plainfield Board of Education (SPBOE) this November were due to the county at 4 p.m. July 26 and TAPinto South Plainfield has confirmed that four residents are seeking election to three at-large seats. 

Incumbents Doug Chapman, John Farinella, and Sharon Miller are all seeking re-election ...

McCormick Italian Seasoning and Frank's RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

July 29, 2021

McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning, McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning and Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning have been recalled due to possible contamination with Salmonella, announced McCormick & Company, Inc. The company was alerted by the FDA after routing testing. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The four products ...

Special Needs Open Swim at the South Plainfield Community Pool

July 30, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Community Pool is hosting free Special Needs Family Open Swim events this month. A membership to the pool is not required, however, registration is open only to South Plainfield residents. 

“We continue to look for new opportunities and programs to bring to our South Plainfield community," said South Plainfield Recreation ...

Murphy Responds to Updated CDC Masking Guidelines

TRENTON, NJ -- Following the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on July 27 updated its guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated. The CDC said that while individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wearing a mask ...

How to Build a Rain Garden in Your Yard

July 23, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Letting rainwater leave your property can interfere with groundwater recharge and possibly cause flooding, ice slicks in the winter, and pollution of downstream lakes and streams.  Rain gardens are one possible solution available to homeowners. Commercial properties can use them too.

Step 1: Decide on rain garden placement

Find out where water is coming ...

Twin City Pharmacy to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines at 2021 National Night Out 

July 29, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield's National Night Out 2021 is less than a week away and, during the three-hour event, residents will have the opportunity to receive a COVID vaccine, courtesy of Twin City Pharmacy and Surgical. 

"National Night Out presents an opportunity for Twin City Pharmacy to promote health awareness to all age groups in our ...

South Plainfield High School's 2021 Spring Athletes, Coaches, and Teams Recognized

July 26, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ ­– Coaches, district administrators, and members of the board of education recently recognized dozens of South Plainfield athletes involved with spring 2021 sports.

During a video presentation held during the South Plainfield Board of Education's (SPBOE) Committee of the Whole meeting, members of the high school's wrestling, baseball, golf, girls ...

Mother, Daughter Golf Duo Go Head-to-Head in Ladies Club Championship Final

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Natalie Stilo brought home not only a golf trophy this past Sunday, but bragging rights as well.

The 21-year-old South Plainfield resident won the 2021 Ladies Club Championship at the Plainfield Country Club in Edison by defeating her mother, Pat Stilo, in the final round.

It was the first time a mother and daughter played against each other on the tournament’s last ...

Still Time to Plant Vegetables

July 20, 2021

Now is the time to plan and plant vegetables for a bountiful fall harvest. Planting now extends the harvest season for greater yield without expanding the garden.

Start by looking for vacant spaces in the vegetable garden. Fill areas that were not planted this spring or replant rows of quick maturing vegetables like lettuce, spinach, radishes, and beets that have already been harvested. Expand ...

National Night Out 2021 Planned for August 3

July 27, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – After being sidelined last summer due to COVID-19, South Plainfield's annual National Night Out (NNO) is back! 

The 2021 event, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Aug. 3, will run from 6 to 9 p.m. behind the municipal building/library. Throughout the evening, there will be activities and entertainment for adults and children as well as ...

Daniel Anderl - Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk Attracts 1,000+ Participants, Raises $100K+ for Scholarships

July 19, 2021

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The original goals of the Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk on Saturday, July 17, in honor of Daniel Anderl were 500 participants and $100,000 for scholarships at St. Joseph High School. However, organizers announced that the event had more than double the number of participants, who included Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy and Daniel's parents, Mark Anderl and ...

Broadcasters Return to the Somerville Summer Stage July 31

July 29, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Broadcasters, a 4-piece cover band from Scotch Plains, are featured on the Summer Stage on Division Street Saturday, July 31.

The Broadcasters originally formed in 2004, All four original members were from Scotch Plains and recently added Phil Liebergall, when their bassist John Houssman relocated to Florida. Nino DiFabio and Phil Liebergall ...

Pet-Friendly NJ Restaurants Offer Menus for Your Dog

August 1, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Looking for a dog-friendly place to eat? You’re not alone.

Catering to the pet-loving crowd, some New Jersey restaurants are taking dog-friendly dining a step further by offering a special menu just for your pooch.

At Sheelen’s Crossing Bistro & Pub in Fanwood, the “woof” menu includes items such as beef, chicken, fish, rice, vegetables ...

Five Adult Day Care Workers Convicted of Abuse at East Brunswick Facility

July 30, 2021

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Five employees of the Broadway Respite and Home Care facility on Edgeboro Road in East Brunswick have been convicted of various charges based on proven abuse of two severely disabled adults in their care. Charges ranged from neglect, abandonment, endangerment and failure to report abuse of the patients in May 2019. 

Although initially charged, Broadway ...

Hundreds Attend Union Catholic's Sydney McLaughlin Watch Party in Scotch Plains

July 31, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A large gathering of Union Catholic students, parents, teachers, alumni, volunteers, and members of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood community came out to watch local legend Sydney McLaughlin hurdle her way into the semifinals in the 400 hurdles at the Olympics in Tokyo on Friday. 

The high school set up two large screens to show the former Gatorade Athlete of ...

Murphy Responds to Updated CDC Masking Guidelines

July 28, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Following the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on July 27 updated its guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated. The CDC said that while individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wearing a mask ...

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Are you preparing to return to work? NJ TRANSIT is ready for you.

NEW JERSEY — The pandemic resulted in a unique work-from-home model for many New Jersey residents, with a “new normal” evolving as infection rates decline.

While some employers may intend to keep remote work options in place, a growing trend reveals many companies transitioning back to in-person workplaces.

Roadways already show evidence of rush-hour congestion as workers ...

What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

Obituaries

Rozália Mária Theiss. 81, passed on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at home in ...
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One Jersey Cash 5 Ticket Wins $488,706 Jackpot in South Plainfield

July 23, 2021

TRENTON (July 23, 2021) – One lucky ticket matched all five numbers drawn winning the $488,706 Jersey Cash 5 jackpot from the Thursday, July 22, drawing. The winning numbers were: 08, 14, 16, 22, and 36 and the XTRA number was: 02. The retailer will receive a bonus check for $2,000 for the winning ticket sold. That ticket was sold at ...

Daniel Anderl - Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk Attracts 1,000+ Participants, Raises $100K+ for Scholarships

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The original goals of the Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk on Saturday, July 17, in honor of Daniel Anderl were 500 participants and $100,000 for scholarships at St. Joseph High School. However, organizers announced that the event had more than double the number of participants, who included Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy and Daniel's parents, Mark Anderl and ...

Attention Singles: Great Tips for Finding the Love of Your Life Online or Your Phone

Listen as Jeff speaks with nationally recognized Cyber-dating expert, Julie Spira: author, dating coach, and media personality. Julie discusses such things as how online/mobile app dating has evolved, how COVID has affected online and mobile dating, and where things may be headed in the future in that world. Julie also provides some excellent dating tips!

To get a FREE copy of ...

Is Your Home Care Nurse Going to Check In On You Virtually?

Hey, telemedicine could make that happen!  Listen as my guest expert, Dr. William Hanson, discusses this and many other interesting topics as Episode #50 of Looking Forward focuses on telemedicine.

In Part I of this two-part series (Episode #49), Dr. Hanson spoke about the evolution of telemedicine, how it’s being used now, how its use varies around the world, and the impact that ...

Job Opening: Omnibus Driver/Meals on Wheels Temporary Help at Borough

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OMNIBUS OPERATOR

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Under direction drives a motor vehicle with a passenger capacity of at least six persons for transporting people on assigned established routes or to special activities, events, or various destinations: may also clean, service, and make minor repairs to such vehicles: does other related duties as required.

 NOTE: ...

5 Cool Tips to Prevent Heat-Related Illness

You’re finishing up your afternoon walk on a scorching 90-degree day when you feel a little dizzy. You check your pulse. It’s faster than normal. You’re sweating, and you feel a cramp in your left leg. Should you head indoors?

Yes, says Alexander Sarenac, MD, an emergency medicine physician with Atlantic AdvancED Urgent Care. “These are all signs of a health condition ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, August 7, 6:00 PM

duCret School of Art, Plainfield

National Guard Army Band Concert at duCret School ...

Arts & Entertainment

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Tue, August 10, 12:00 PM

New Providence

TAPinto Ownership Webinar

Business & Finance

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Tue, August 10, 1:00 PM

Wesley United Methodist Church, South Plainfield

South Plainfield Community Blood Drive - In Honor ...

Giving Back Health & Wellness

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Sat, August 14, 8:00 PM

Brook Arts Center / Somerset County Cultural Arts Center , Bound Brook

HeadMotor and Bark at the Moon - A tribute to the ...

Arts & Entertainment

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Fri, August 20, 5:30 PM

Clark

Deutscher Club of Clark - Biergarten

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Well, we’ve got another month or so to go in the summer vacation season.  We hope you’re able to have some fun and relaxation in between the heat waves and thunderstorms.  Fortunately, South Plainfield Library can provide shelter and air conditioning, along with a bunch of other stuff.  Let’s see what’s going ...

TAPinto Denville Franchisee Joins Senior Team of African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

DENVILLE, NJ -- The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced the addition of Ferlanda Fox Nixon, Esq. -- franchisee, publisher, and editor of TAPinto Denville -- as chief of policy and government affairs. 

AACCNJ is a proactive advocacy group that provides a platform for New Jersey’s African-American business leaders to speak with a ...

South Plainfield Elks Lodge #2298 Donate to Food Pantry

The South Plainfield Elks Lodge #2298 National Foundation Committee, headed by Chairperson Eileen Uken, presented a $2000 check to Fish, Inc., a food pantry located in Piscataway.  The donation was funded by the Spotlight Grant from the Grand Lodge.  Fish, Inc. will put the money to good use purchasing needed items for their pantry. 

Pictured form South Plainfield Elks Lodge ...

5 Minute Intervals Or 30 Minutes At Once: Which Is Better?

Squeezing in time to exercise can be challenging, especially if you juggle a hectic schedule. But staying physically active is one of the most important things you can do for your health as you age.

Given the increasing popularity of 5-minute interval workouts (or High-Intensity Interval Training – HIIT), swapping short bursts of moderately intense and vigorous aerobic exercise followed ...

8 Simple Activities To Enjoy With Your Grandkids

Spending quality time with your grandkids (and kids) adds joy and laughter to any given day. Just basking in a child’s boundless energy and carefree silliness can boost your mood and make you smile. But joining in the fun also keeps you physically and mentally active – and research shows that multigenerational interaction is good for older adults and kids.

 

If you’re ...

Bring the Sunshine Indoors With These 4 Simple Décor Ideas

As summer approaches, everyone is eager to spend more time outside enjoying the sun. It’s also the perfect time to transition your home décor to reflect the added daylight and brightness outside. If you’re ready to bring more of the sunshine inside this season, here are four great ways to easily update your décor for a lighter and brighter feeling.

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How to Incorporate Chalk Paint Into Your Next Project

Chalk paint is all the rage for that cozy richness it gives to furniture, décor, and even walls. The matte finish adds a softness to bold colors and a thickness that covers even the most worn down surfaces.

 

Home decorating moguls love chalk paint, and now you can, too - here’s the lowdown on why, where, and how to use chalk paint for your next DIY decorating ...

Press Releases

Overlook Medical Center marks opening of new South Garage, improving parking throughout hospital campus

July 23, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ – JULY 22, 2021 – Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center today marked the opening of its new South Garage, a recently completed, state-of-the-art employee parking structure that will improve parking throughout the campus.

The 234,000 square-foot garage includes 648 parking spaces and two elevators. The seven-level garage features recharge stations for ...

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Achieves Sixth Consecutive Prestigious Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence

Following a rigorous re-designation process, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) achieved Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the sixth consecutive time. RWJUH is one of only seven organizations internationally to achieve this distinction.

With this achievement, RWJUH retains its place among an elite group of ...