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Yard Art Community Event Sponsored by the South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission

May 14, 2021

The South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission is hosting a community art project for your front lawn! Create your own 2- or 3-D display depicting Super Heroes and/or Fairy Tales and install it on your lawn for the week of June 13. Here's an extra challenge--make at least some of your sculptures out of recycled materials! Remember that it will be out in the weather for as long as a week, ...

Rising Gas Prices: How Does Middlesex County Compare to National Average?

May 12, 2021

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ — A cyberattack against a “vital” U.S. oil pipeline has contributed to a spike in already high gasoline prices. New Jersey gas prices now average $3.04 per gallon, according to AAA, compared to roughly $3.01 per gallon nationally. 

In Middlesex County, the price at the pump has hit $3.035 as of May 12. This is part of a national trend in high ...

Peggy Regan-Monagle: South Plainfield Schools are 'Wonderful Place' to Work 

May 13, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – In 1974, Peggy Regan-Monagle took on a position as a speech therapist with South Plainfield Schools and, for the past 46 years, has called the district home. 

"I have loved every day spent in South Plainfield Schools," said Regan-Monagle. "It has been wonderful."

A lifelong resident of Clark, Regan-Monagle earned a ...

South Plainfield Key Club Officially Chartered, Rohan Gupta Sworn In as President

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A virtual ceremony celebrating the charter of the recently established Key Club of South Plainfield High School (SPHS) took place April 29. The newly chartered chapter, which is  sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Edison, was the idea of SPHS junior Rohan Gupta who, during the Zoom event, was officially sworn in as the club's first ...

Pull Up a Stool: Indoor Bar Seating is Back at KC's Korner

May 5, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ –  Beginning Friday, May 7, indoor bar seating across New Jersey may resume, with some restrictions, and, in the coming weeks, capacity limits for indoor dining will be lifted. On a local level, these relaxed restrictions come as very good news to Walter Kurilew, owner of KC's Korner – the Norman House in South Plainfield. 

"It ...

South Plainfield Senior Center Celebrates Mother’s Day in Style

May 15, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – The South Plainfield Senior Center held a drive-thru Mother’s Day brunch on the morning of May 7. With a line of cars stretching into the back parking lot, attendees drove past the back door of the center to pick up their Mother’s Day goodies while senior center staff and volunteers wished them a Happy Mother’s Day.

“What a lovely day to ...

From Newsroom to State House: Award-Winning Journalist Greg Tufaro Named Diegnan's Chief of Staff 

EDISON, NJ – Greg Tufaro, a lifelong Edison resident and award-winning journalist with more than three decades of experience, has recently traded his press pass for a state ID. Last month, Tufaro embarked on a new chapter in his professional career, taking on the role as chief of staff for Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. (18th L.D.). 

"The opportunity to transition ...

Volunteer Litter Cleanup Week Sweeps up the Trash

May 10, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - During the week of April 17-24, South Plainfield citizens came together to welcome spring by bagging the litter that emerged with the wildflowers as winter’s snow melted.   Volunteer Litter Cleanup Week is a signature event in South Plainfield’s Clean Communities Calendar. We have been meeting every year for the last 35 years for this purpose. Except ...

Pfizer Vaccine Open to Kids 12-15 in NJ: What Parents Need to Know

May 13, 2021

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ — The Pfizer vaccine opened to children 12 – 15 in New Jersey Wednesday night, state health officials said.

The state Health Department in a statement said that following federal authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children in that age range, it is allowing the vaccine to be administered to those children.

“With today’s ...

Elks Hold Annual Mother's Day Brunch as Drive Up Event

May 13, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – The South Plainfield Elks Lodge #2298 held their annual Mother’s Day brunch on May 9 with a twist this year. Instead of a sit-down breakfast with made-to-order eggs, the Elks offered a Mother’s Day Drive Up breakfast to go, hosted by Past Exalted Rulers, complete with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, and friend potatoes.

“This is our ...

Three South Plainfield Teams Grab Top Seed as Teams from Across the State Descend Upon South Plainfield for the Coveted District 2 NJ Softball Championship Trophy

May 13, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The chilly Spring season is wrapping up as teams prepare to enter the tournament-style playoffs. USA Softball’s District 2 Spring Softball League is composed of 65 NJ travel teams over four age groups. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be played on May 16, 2021 across three centrally located NJ sites (South Plainfield, Warren, and Westfield) while the championship ...

South Plainfield Baseball Updates, Softball Captures 12th Straight Victory

Can’t win them all.

The South Plainfield High School varsity baseball suffered just its second loss of the season on Monday afternoon as the Tigers fell to North Brunswick, 2-1, in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the seventh inning in North Brunswick.

Yomar Carreras came home to score the winning run for the Raiders on a ground ball by Frankie Garbolino.

Two days earlier, the ...

“Pledge to Practice” Raises Over $6,000 Raised for South Plainfield Community and Music Students

May 14, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – The South Plainfield High School (SPHS) Music Department “Pledge to Practice” fundraiser closed on Mar. 31 with a total of $6,556.50 generated to benefit not only music students but the South Plainfield Food Pantry as well. Sponsored by the SPHS Tri-M Music National Honors Society, band, orchestra, and chorus students from 8th through ...

Vacation Care for Container Gardens

May 10, 2021

Planning a few long weekends or a vacation may have you rethinking your garden plans. Don’t let time away from home stop you from growing flowers and vegetables in containers.

Irrigation systems with timers and self-watering pots are options to make container gardening and vacation care easier. You may, however, just be looking for ways to adapt your existing container gardening care ...

South Plainfield Police Gearing Up for Body Worn Cameras

May 12, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Police Department is seeking funding to install body cameras on all officers, as per a state order for all law enforcement agencies. In April, the Police Department submitted an application for the State’s Body Worn Camera Grant. This grant is designed to provide funding for body worn camera equipment. Funding levels provided by this grant will ...

In-Person Criminal Jury Trials, Grand Jury Proceedings to Resume in June

May 12, 2021

Criminal jury trials will resume in person next month, under a Supreme Court order issued Tuesday that revises juror service based on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in New Jersey.

The Court’s order directs the resumption of in-person criminal jury trials beginning June 15, with cases that involve detained defendants receiving the highest priority. 

Civil trials will continue ...

Three South Plainfield Teams Grab Top Seed as Teams from Across the State Descend Upon South Plainfield for the Coveted District 2 NJ Softball Championship Trophy

May 13, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The chilly Spring season is wrapping up as teams prepare to enter the tournament-style playoffs. USA Softball’s District 2 Spring Softball League is composed of 65 NJ travel teams over four age groups. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be played on May 16, 2021 across three centrally located NJ sites (South Plainfield, Warren, and Westfield) while the championship ...

Elks Hold Annual Mother's Day Brunch as Drive Up Event

May 13, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – The South Plainfield Elks Lodge #2298 held their annual Mother’s Day brunch on May 9 with a twist this year. Instead of a sit-down breakfast with made-to-order eggs, the Elks offered a Mother’s Day Drive Up breakfast to go, hosted by Past Exalted Rulers, complete with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, and friend potatoes.

“This is our ...

New Jersey Date Night: Stroll Through These Gorgeous Gardens

May 13, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

There’s always something growing in New Jersey, be it excitement for warmer weather or the flowers in everyone’s yard. Celebrating springtime in the Garden State requires a garden date. We have so many options at our fingertips — possibilities guaranteed to inspire romance and ...

New Brunswick Man, Seven Others Facing Charges From Internet Crimes Against Children Unit

May 14, 2021

Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced today that several county residents have been charged with possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation or abuse of children.

On May 13, officers of the East Brunswick, Edison, Highland Park, Monroe, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Perth Amboy, and Sayreville Police Departments along with detectives of the New Jersey State ...

Downtown Somerville Alliance Looking to Hire Program Coordinator

May 14, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Help Wanted: The Downtown Somerville Alliance is looking to hire a full-time Program Coordinator.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Coordinator provides support for the Downtown Somerville Alliance, Inc., with marketing, planning, development, coordination, and execution of special events, programs, and promotions for the downtown improvement district.

These ...

Pfizer Vaccine Open to Kids 12-15 in NJ: What Parents Need to Know

May 13, 2021

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ — The Pfizer vaccine opened to children 12 – 15 in New Jersey Wednesday night, state health officials said.

The state Health Department in a statement said that following federal authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children in that age range, it is allowing the vaccine to be administered to those children.

“With today’s ...

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The Athlete of the Week: Baylee Wnuk Girls’ Volleyball Outside/Middle Hitter

During the shortened season three the South Plainfield Girls’ Volleyball Team won seven matches making it all the way to the quarterfinals of the sectional championship.  Junior Baylee Wnuk was an integral part of the success this year.  For her hard work and dedication on the court, Baylee was named to the All-White Division team.

On the season, Baylee finished second in kills ...

The Athlete of the Week: Kshama Parekh Girls’ Volleyball Outside Hitter

Last week while spring sports were getting underway, conference awards were being finalized for season three.  Junior Kshama Parekh was honored as an All-White Division Volleyball Player. Her aggressive style and hard work ensured her this distinction. 

On the season, Kshama led the team with 87 kills during the shortened season.  She also had the most digs for the team at ...

Obituaries

Edison – Clifford T. Ramsthaler, 74, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 13, 2021, in ...
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Letters to the Editor

Community Happenings

2021-2022 Elks Officers

May 14, 2021

"The South Plainfield Elks Lodge 2298 held their officer installation on April 10, 2020.  The officers for lodge year 2021-2022 are:

 

Dan Uken, Esteemed Lecturing Knight; Margaret Williams, Esteemed Loyal Knight; Christine Sauer, Four Year Trustee; Tom Perry, Treasurer; Irene Polanco, Esquire; Tom Browne; Esteemed Leading Knight; Brian Csobar Jr., Inner Guard; Bill ...

Mother's Day Breakfast "To Go" Today!

South Plainfield Elks #2298 will be hosting their annual Mother's Day Breakfast "TO GO" this year due to the pandemic.
The Drive-Up event is hosted by the Past Exalted Rulers and will be held on Mother's Day - Sunday, May 9th, 2021. Drive-up Hours will be 8:00am - 12 Noon. 
The cost of the breakfast is one price only - $8 and will include the following ...

2021-2022 Elks Officers

May 14, 2021

"The South Plainfield Elks Lodge 2298 held their officer installation on April 10, 2020.  The officers for lodge year 2021-2022 are:

 

Dan Uken, Esteemed Lecturing Knight; Margaret Williams, Esteemed Loyal Knight; Christine Sauer, Four Year Trustee; Tom Perry, Treasurer; Irene Polanco, Esquire; Tom Browne; Esteemed Leading Knight; Brian Csobar Jr., Inner Guard; Bill ...

Girl Scout Troop 65042 Dedicates Tree to Honor Those Who Lost Their Lives Due to COVID-19

SOUTH PLAINFIELD - Girl Scout Troop 65042 planted a weeping cherry tree in Willow Park on April 30 in remembrance of those in the community who passed away from COVID-19. Mayor Matthew Anesh, Councilwoman Christine Faustini, Councilman Derryck White, Library Director Linda Hansen, Library Board member Ray Rusnak, and parents were present to support the troop's efforts to recognize ...

Autistic South Plainfield Singer/Songwriter and TikTok Influencer, Cory Singer, Releases Newest Single and Video

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – South Plainfield’s own Cory Singer recently released the video for his single, “Someone,” a song he wrote about wanting to fall in love with someone who truly understands you. Singer is a singer-songwriter, musician, theater performer, and autism advocate. Diagnosed with autism at 4 years old, Singer knows the challenges. During the pandemic, the ...

Sayreville's Brandon Bielak, Saint Joseph HS Grad, Pitches Against the Yankees

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Brandon Bielak, a Sayreville native who played his high school baseball at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen), took the mound for the Houston Astros against the Yankees Tuesday evening in a hostile Yankee Stadium, where fans released their anger over Houston's sign-stealing scandal became public following the 2019 ALCS.

Bielak had the thrill of ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, May 18, 1:00 PM

Wesley United Methodist Church, South Plainfield

South Plainfield Blood Drive - Urgent Need for ...

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Thu, May 20, 6:30 PM

Event in Online, New Brunswick

RU Ready to Garden Webcast returns for Spring of ...

Education Green Home & Garden

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Sat, May 22, 10:00 AM

South Plainfield

2nd Annual Classic/Custom Car Show May 22nd—10AM ...

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Tue, May 25, 7:00 PM

South Plainfield Public Library, South Plainfield

Meditation for a Healthy Lifestyle

Health & Wellness

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Sat, June 12, 9:00 AM

Clothing Drive, South Plainfield

Clothing Drive - June 12th

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Mon, June 14, 7:00 AM

Metuchen Golf and Country Club, Metuchen

SAVE the DATE - Saint Joseph HS Annual Falcon ...

Columns

Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininty, and Power

Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power by Neal Gabler. (Yale 

Univ. Press, 2016).

Stephen Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell. (Yale Univ. Press, 2017)

 

My family complains each year at holiday time that I am impossible to buy gifts for. This is true because, usually, if I want something, I purchase it myself. They ask me for lists, but even ...

Bookmarks

It might only be May, but we’re counting down the days to summer. Yes, it’s almost that time of year again, and our Summer Reading Program is on the way. We’re gearing up for a season of exciting programs, prizes and personalized book recommendations. Keep an eye out for more details in the weeks to come.

In the meantime, the library continues to be open in a limited capacity ...

Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

Learn How To Cook From Anywhere With These Online Classes

Cooking can be fun at any age, and learning new skills exercises your mind, especially as you get older. Whether you’re just finding your way around the kitchen or you’re a seasoned home chef, online cooking classes are a wonderful way to spend your day! From free courses featuring various dishes to lessons led by celebrity chefs, there are vast opportunities to satisfy just about any ...

Fighting Fatigue: How To Sleep Better And Longer

Getting a good night’s sleep plays a vital role in your overall health. Sleeping recharges your body and brain to help prepare and energize you for each new day. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can cause a slew of problems, including memory issues and an increased risk for car accidents.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 26-64 need seven to nine hours of sleep ...

Bringing Spring Inside: Adding Pops of Color in Every Room

As the weather warms up, spring colors are arriving in home décor trends. Whether you’re inviting guests over in person or continuing your distanced Zoom calls, you’ll want to incorporate pops of spring color into every room of your house. Fortunately, adding color doesn’t have to break the bank, and you can easily experiment with the best way to invigorate your spaces ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day: 4 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to tell the caregivers in your life how special they are. By highlighting Mom’s favorite things in your celebrations, you’ll be able to shine a light on everything unique about her. If you’re looking for interesting ways to host a Mother’s Day celebration for a group, big or small, here are four memorable events that will leave Mom ...

The Best Natural Deodorants for the Toughest Workouts

Chances are, your wellness journey includes some heavy-hitting workouts, and a good deodorant is key to feeling confident after every session. Mainstream products can contain harmful ingredients that may actually be blocking some of your body’s natural processes as well as potentially causing health problems down the road. If you’re ready to switch to a more natural product but are ...

Understanding SPF for Healthy Summer Skin

As we head outside to take advantage of the warmer weather, skincare and sun safety should be top priorities. While the sun’s rays provide countless benefits, the ultraviolet (or UV) components of sunlight are damaging to our skin. A sunburn from overexposure isn’t just temporarily painful - the UV rays that cause a burn are doing long-term damage to your skin cells that’s ...

Is Your A/C Summer-Ready? 12 Things to Check Before the First Heat Wave

Soaking in the summer sun is part of the fun of the season. But if you don’t have a cool home to retreat to, that heat can start to feel overbearing. Make sure your A/C (or swamp cooler!) can handle any heat wave this summer with these 12 tips, plus guidance on how to know when to call in the pros.

 

Before beginning preparation steps for either an air conditioner or swamp ...

4 Unique and Meaningful Ways to Decorate for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to think about decorations that will brighten up your home as well as show Mom that she’s a unique, valued person in your family. With a few simple touches, it’s easy to create meaningful decorations that highlight the things that she loves best. Here are four great ways to add some color and style to Mom’s favorite ...

Press Releases

Morristown Medical Center Among 1st to Receive American College of Cardiology Transcatheter Valve Certification

May 14, 2021

Only 6% of 750+ Hospitals Performing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Have Achieved This Elite Recognition of Best Practices and Quality Care

Morristown, NJ – Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has received American College of Cardiology (ACC) Transcatheter Valve Certification, a designation of excellence that recognizes demonstrated ...

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Participates in Virtual Symposium on Maternal Health and Perinatal Safety

Newark NJ (May 12, 2021)- Experts from the Women’s Health Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBI) will participate in the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey’s 3rd Annual Maternal Health and Perinatal Safety Symposium on Thursday, May 13, from 8:15am – 1:30pm.

NBI’s virtual booth will include information about the hospital’s ...

RWJ Rahway Opens Newly Renovated Medical/Surgical Unit

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway opened its newly renovated 3E with a host of patient-focused amenities that include a family lounge and nourishment station for visitors, flat screen TVs in each room, large bathrooms and in-room work stations for the clinical staff to keep them close to the bedside.  

The new unit, whose renovation was halted during the Covid-19 ...