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A 'Beautiful Day' for a Parade & South Plainfield's Annual Labor Day Festivities

September 28, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – After being sidelined for two consecutive years and then delayed a few weeks this month due to the storm, South Plainfield's 62nd Annual Labor Day Parade finally stepped off on Sept. 25. 

"This year's parade was a much-needed celebration for the community and it was so exciting to be able to finally pull it off," said Amy ...

QuickChek Touts Benefits of its Fourth Piscataway Store

September 21, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ --- QuickChek’s fourth location in Piscataway is now open and the company today said the 24-hour convenience store and gas station will create 35-45 new local jobs, including eight management positions.

The store, which opened Sept. 21, is located at 3 Lakeview Avenue at the intersection of New Brunswick Avenue in Piscataway. It has indoor seating for 11 people ...

Fresh Seasonal Products Available for Purchase at South Plainfield’s Student-Run Tiger Farms

September 27, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield School District celebrated the official first day of fall this week with the grand opening of its Tiger Farms outdoor market run by students in both the Life Individualized Functional Education (LIFE) program and Transition Academy. 

Held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of South Plainfield High School on Sept. 22 and Sept. 23, ...

South Plainfield Middle School Remembers Great Tragedy of 9-11 with Memorial Service 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield Middle School held a special memorial service to remember those who lost their lives 20 years ago. In the Middle School courtyard, where a 9-11 memorial stands under the American flag, local dignitaries, students, teachers, administrators, first responders, and veterans gathered in reverence for a day that changed the country forever. The terrorists ...

KC's Korner Hosting Fundraiser to Benefit South Plainfield Elks - Friday (24th)

September 21, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – KC's Korner – The Norman House is sponsoring a fundraiser later this month to benefit one of South Plainfield's most active community organization.

"The South Plainfield Elks, located on New Market Avenue, was severely damaged by Tropical Storm Ida. This is an organization that does so much for the community and now they need our help," said ...

Hispanic Heritage Month Being Celebrated in South Plainfield

September 25, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – At a South Plainfield Borough Council meeting Sept. 20, Mayor Matt Anesh officially proclaimed September 2021 as 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the municipality and encouraged 'residents to join in recognizing the contributions made by people of Hispanic ancestry who have had a profound influence.'

"Hispanics have enhanced and shaped our national ...

Gov. Murphy signs Diegnan legislation strengthening high school student-athlete and cheerleader concussion protocols

Gov. Phil Murphy today signed legislation designed to strengthen concussion protocols for high school student-athletes and cheerleaders with the goal of ensuring they can safely return to academic and sports activities after suffering such head injuries.

Under the legislation, of which Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., D-Middlesex, and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, D-Bergen, ...

Free Shred Event at Kennedy Elementary School (NEW LOCATION) on Sept. 25th

September 21, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield residents, it’s time to begin sorting through those shoe boxes in the basement.  Do you really need gas station credit card receipts from 2008?  Your deceased in-laws’ mortgage payments from 2014?  If privacy concerns have kept you from setting them out in your curbside recycling bin, we have an event for you.

The Middlesex ...

Impact Church Will Provide Relief to South Plainfield Families at The Big Giveaway

September 20, 2021

South Plainfield, NJ residents will get priority access to September’s event to help families begin the restoration process after Hurricane Ida.

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ- With the aftereffects of Hurricane Ida still plaguing much of the city of South Plainfield, Impact Church knows that many are dealing with financial challenges and loads of stress. “In a time when people have ...

Captains Lead The Way For South Plainfield Girls Tennis Team

September 26, 2021

   At all levels of sport, from the professional ranks to those just beginning their athletic careers as a youth, proper leadership is quite important.

   Let it be clearly known that competent leadership is not at all an issue for the South Plainfield High School girls tennis program this season.

   The Tigers are fortunate to have a duo of captains, Jada ...

South Plainfield High School Soccer, Volleyball, and Field Hockey off to Strong Starts

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Fall sports are in full go at South Plainfield High School, and many teams are enjoying superb seasons a few weeks in.

The fields and courts have been busy, and they continue to be over the course of the next couple of months.

So far, boys soccer is 5-0, and the Tigers have posted shutouts in every game and they are outsourcing their opponents 17-0. South Plainfield ...

Who's Seeking Election in South Plainfield This November

September 27, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Election Day 2021 may be more than a month away but, in South Plainfield, the candidates for borough council and board of education are already hard at work campaigning. 

This year, two at-large seats are up grabs on the South Plainfield Borough Council. Incumbent Republicans Robert Bengivenga, Jr. and Joseph Wolak are both seeking re-election while Democratic ...

South Plainfield Middle School Remembers Great Tragedy of 9-11 with Memorial Service 

September 22, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield Middle School held a special memorial service to remember those who lost their lives 20 years ago. In the Middle School courtyard, where a 9-11 memorial stands under the American flag, local dignitaries, students, teachers, administrators, first responders, and veterans gathered in reverence for a day that changed the country forever. The terrorists ...

Preparing Your Landscape for Winter

September 24, 2021

Fall is a season of transition and that includes your garden.  Make the most of beautiful fall days to enjoy your garden and prepare your landscape for the winter ahead.

Put fall leaves to work in your landscape improving your soil, reducing maintenance, and creating winter homes for toads, frogs, and beneficial insects. Mow over the leaves that land on the lawn. It may take a couple ...

South Plainfield Police Announce Passing of Retired K9 Officer Blitz

September 23, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Police Department last week announced the passing of retired K9 Officer Blitz. 

Blitz, who served alongside Sgt. Mark Bullock for the duration of his career, passed away at home on Sept. 15. 

Blitz joined the department and Bullock's family as a puppy in 2012 and, together, the two officers completed one-year of ...

More Support for Victims of Sexual Assault in Middlesex County

September 21, 2021

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone has announced that the Middlesex County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is expanding their trauma informed response services to provide increased access to care for victims of sexual assault throughout the County of Middlesex.

SART services are available 24/7 to victims ages thirteen years or older who report a sexual ...

Impact Church Will Provide Relief to South Plainfield Families at The Big Giveaway

September 20, 2021

South Plainfield, NJ residents will get priority access to September’s event to help families begin the restoration process after Hurricane Ida.

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ- With the aftereffects of Hurricane Ida still plaguing much of the city of South Plainfield, Impact Church knows that many are dealing with financial challenges and loads of stress. “In a time when people have ...

Easy Fall Cocktails to Celebrate the Start of the Season

September 25, 2021

NEW JERSEY — The air is turning cooler, the days are getting shorter and pumpkin spice is everywhere. Now’s the time to get into the autumn spirit with these easy cool-weather cocktails you can make at home.

Pumpkin Spice White Russian: Over ice, combine 2 oz. vodka, 1 oz. pumpkin spice liqueur, 1 oz. coffee liqueur and 1 oz. cream.

Maple Old Fashioned: In a ...

Late County Commissioner Armwood Receive's Middlesex College's Highest Honor

September 27, 2021

EDISON, NJ - Kenneth Armwood, the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners Deputy Director who died earlier this year at age 46, has been awarded the highest honor bestowed by Middlesex College.

Armwood was posthumously given the Paige D. L’Hommedieu Award during a ceremony held on the college's Edison campus September 23.

The award is given to an individual who embodies the ...

One North Plainfield Ticket Wins $10,000, New York Ticket Wins $432 Mega Millions Jackpot

September 22, 2021

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — Are you a winner? 

Wawa on Route 22 in North Plainfield sold a ticket matching four of the five white balls and the Gold Mega Ball for Tuesday’s drawing of Mega Millions winning $10,000, Lottery officials said.

The winning numbers were: 36, 41, 45, ...

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The Athlete of the Week: Jason Garwood Boys’ Soccer Center Back

The South Plainfield Boys’ Soccer team had a tremendous week.  The Tigers went undefeated with two wins, both over GMC Conference rivals.  The boys’ defeated Metuchen 1-0 and then went on to defeat St. Thomas Aquinas 10-0.  The Tigers start the season 2-0 for the year.  The team is led by junior captain Jason Garwood.

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STEVE BOHN SAYS IT'S TIME TO WORK TOGETHER TO ADDRESS TRUCKS & TRAFFIC

September 24, 2021

STEVE BOHN SAYS IT’S TIME TO WORK TOGETHER TO ADDRESS TRUCKS AND TRAFFIC Steve Bohn, Democratic candidate for borough council, top priority is to work with Mayor Anesh and the Republican majority to come up with solutions to items which must be given immediate attention.

On the top of his list is traffic, in particular truck traffic. “First let me congratulate Council member ...

Mayor Anesh urges voters to support Bengivenga and Wolak for Council

This week, Mayor Matthew P. Anesh urged voters to re-elect Rob Bengivenga and Joe Wolak to the borough council.  

“Rob and Joe have the work ethic and drive that brings value to our town,” said Anesh. “They are independent thinkers that will provide innovative ideas to keep South Plainfield heading in the right ...

Bengivenga & Wolak: “We’ll continue to ‘get it done’ for South Plainfield”

Saying that results count, Councilman Rob Bengivenga and Councilman Joe Wolak, kicked off their campaign, this week, by saying their platform will focus on how to keep South Plainfield heading in the right direction and continue to get it done for our hometown. 

Bengivenga is proud of the borough’s record, but said they are focused just as much on talking about the future.  ...

Obituaries

James B. McGarry, 87, died on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at home in South Plainfield. Born in ...
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Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor - Thank you!

September 20, 2021

A Drop-Off Event happened this month was a success thanks to South Plainfield residents who came to support with relief supplies in response to Hurricane Ida . This event was organized by Girl Scout Sisters from Troop #65042 and Troop#65142 and Cub Scout brother from Pack 224. We do not have words to express how grateful we are to be part of this amazing community! we were able to ...

Field Hockey Team Car Wash

The South Plainfield Field Hockey Parent Association would like to thank the community for another successful car wash fundraiser held on Saturday, September 11, 2021.  The funds raised will help buy essential items for the team and will go towards senior scholarships.  Special thanks to the PAL for the use of their facilities, to Sal Severini and Dave Harper for providing and serving ...

Community Happenings

Who's Ready for a Parade?

Celebrate Fall!  The South Plainfield Labor Day Parade may have had to be postponed, but our town is ready to celebrate!  Remember that our annual parade will step off on September 25th at 12:30pm starting at the PAL and ending at the South Plainfield Middle School following the traditional route. Maple Avenue and Plainfield Road will close at 11:30am. The parade, which draws thousands ...

Candlelight Walk - Domestic Violence Team

Please join the South Plainfield Domestic Violence Response Team for a candlelight walk in Spring Lake Park on October 6, 2021 in support of domestic violence victims. 

The walk will begin at 6:30 pm.

Candles will be provided as well as literature and some giveaways. 

Please mark your calendars and come out for a lovely walk around the park in support of Domestic Violence ...

Sujan Puar Brings Home the Gold (again)

September 17, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Sujan Puar resident of South Plainfield participated in the NJ 2021 Senior Olympics held on September 10,11 &12 in the 75-79 age group.  He was awarded the following:

Gold Medal in 1500 Meter Run

Gold Medal in 800 Meter Run

Silver Medal in 1500 Meter Race Walk

Silver Medal in 50 Meter Dash

Karl Anthony Towns, Brandon Bielak Lead Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) Hall of Fame Class

METUCHEN, NJ -- NBA superstar Karl-Anthony Towns and Brandon Bielak, a current pitcher for the Houston Astros, are among the honorees for Saint Joseph High School's Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2021. A ceremony and dinner reception will take place at the Metuchen Golf and Country Club in Edison, NJ on Fri., Oct. 8 from 5 to 9 p.m.

The list of inductees includes:

Craig ...

Families, Marriage, and Living Arrangements: From COVID to the Future to Opportunities

How have families, marriage, and relationships been affected by COVID-19 in the U.S. and elsewhere around the world? What impact will this have on our individual and collective futures? And what OPPORTUNITIES might it present for students looking for a career to pursue, job seekers and job changers, business owners and entrepreneurs, and possibly investors, too.

In Part 2 of this two-episode ...

We Are Family: How Have Families Changed? And What Are the Implications of That?

How have families both in the U.S. and elsewhere evolved and changed over the years. especially in the last few decades. And what implications does that have on your work, relationships, living arrangements, marriage, etc.? 

In Part 1 of this two-episode Looking ForwardTM series, we'll discuss these topics with my guest expert, Dr. Bahira Trask. In Part 2, Dr. Trask and I will discuss ...

Be on the Lookout

The South Plainfield Police Department is investigating a suspicious incident that occurred on Ritter Avenue today at approximately 2:40pm. The incident involved a Hispanic male approaching a juvenile female. The Hispanic male is described as approximately 25-35yo and operating a black vehicle, which may be a Honda Civic manufactured between 2000-2005.

Contact Det. Craig Magnani ...

Mechanic – Full Time – Borough Of South Plainfield

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS.  Salary Range:  $56,800-$74,300.  Work Week:  Monday through Friday as scheduled.  Work Week Hours:  7:00 am to 3:30 pm as scheduled.  Under direction performs varied mechanical work involved in the repair, maintenance, and servicing of motor vehicles and/or construction equipment working with various machines and hand tools common to ...

Senior News: Meatball Monday is back

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - September 21, 2021, the seniors celebrated the infamous meatball Monday!

74 seniors arrived at the center with songs of an “Italian Movie” playing in the background.      The seniors dined on delicious meatballs from Rodolfo’s complete with roll, and Parmesan cheese

The laughter and chatter was comforting to so ...

Community Conversations: Back to School

Children have headed back into the classroom, so be sure to check out this Community Conversation with pediatrician Walter Rosenfeld, MD, chair of Pediatrics at Goryeb Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Health for Atlantic Health System, who shares what parents need to know as their kids return to in-person learning, how we’re helping make schools safer and the ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, September 29, 6:00 PM

RWJ University Hospital Rahway, Rahway

RWJ Rahway Annual Meeting for the Community

Health & Wellness

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Sat, October 2, 9:00 AM

Clark Public Library, Clark

Outdoor Vendor and Craft Fair

Other

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Sat, October 2, 7:00 PM

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Plainfield

The Plainfield Symphony 22nd Opening Concert | ...

Arts & Entertainment

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Sat, October 2, 7:00 PM

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Plainfield

The Plainfield Symphony 22nd Opening Concert | ...

Arts & Entertainment

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Wed, October 6, 6:30 PM

South Plainfield

Domestic Violence Candelight Walk October 6th

Columns

Sooley by John Grisham

Sooley by John Grisham (Doubleday, 2021)

 

Sooley, John Grisham’s latest novel, will haunt the reader long after the last page is closed. The main character, a seventeen year old boy from South Sudan, a  young country in Africa, is as charismatic and unforgettable as they come. Although the world from which he comes is cruel and unyielding, Samuel Sooleymon uses his passion ...

Bookmarks

Time for some news from South Plainfield Library:
            First, due to the rescheduled, belated Labor Day festivities, the Library will be closed Saturday (Sept. 25th).  We’ll re-open the following Monday, once they’ve removed the shrapnel from the ...

South Plainfield Knight of Columbus 2021 Fall Mums Sale

The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203 have been hard at work with one of their biggest fundraisers of the year. There Fall Mums Sale.

 

This fundraiser was started 18 years ago by Gerry Butrico. This year $5,748 was raised which goes to the Knights Charity & Scholarship Fund. One of the Knights of Columbus's principles is Charity; this Charity fund is used ...

Low-Impact Cardio Exercises to Keep Your Heart Healthy

As we get older, staying active can feel like it comes with a price—muscle and joint pain. But there are low-impact cardio alternatives that can keep you feeling fit and flexible without aggravating sensitive knees or hips!

 

This list of nine low-impact cardio exercises exemplifies best practices for staying fit.

 

Benefits of Cardio

You may have given up on ...

Movement, Meditation, and Nature: 5 Tips to Alleviate Stress

Stress has a negative impact on our mental and physical health. It can cause various physical ailments like headaches, stomachaches, tight muscles, fatigue, and even high blood pressure. Mentally, stress can make it difficult to concentrate or create memory problems.

But in our busy society run by the pressure of work, family, and the need to do more, how do we alleviate stress?

There are ...

10 Easy Ways to Celebrate Grandparent’s Day With Loved Ones

Grandparent’s Day is on Sept. 12, and it’s the perfect time to start planning a celebration! Although Mother’s Day and Father’s Day tend to get the most attention, taking time to show appreciation for grandparents is an important way to acknowledge the pivotal role they play in our lives. Here are 10 easy ways to show the grandparents in your life just how much you ...

Easy, Crowd-Pleasing, and Seasonal: 5 Side Dish Recipes for Fall

September brings with it a host of fresh produce: grapes, apples, leeks, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, and so much more! There are tons of delicious, in-season fruits and veggies ripe for whipping up mouth-watering side dishes. If you’re wondering how you’ll incorporate seasonal produce into your fall meals, here are a few of the best recipes for your ...

Must-Have Products to Build Your Basic Skincare Routine

There are literally hundreds of products available when it comes to skincare, and choosing what to use (and when) can feel overwhelming. The good news? There’s nothing wrong with beginning a small, simple skincare routine without feeling pressured to include all of the newest products. Ultimately, the best skincare routine is one that you’ll actually stick with, so choose the products ...

7 Tips for Creating a Lasting Fitness Plan

Now that the bulk of the pandemic is behind us, many are looking for ways to get back in their old fitness routine or start a new one. Whether you’re back at the gym or in your home fitness center, here are seven tips for creating a new routine you’ll actually stick to!

Start Slow

When starting a fitness routine, many people make the mistake of taking on more than they are ...

Elevate Your Space with These 10 Quick Decorating Ideas

Feeling like your home’s interior decorating needs an upgrade, but not ready to commit a lot of time and money? There are plenty of simple additions or replacements that make a significant impact on the look and feel of the most-used rooms in your house.

Here’s a list of inexpensive items you can use to elevate your indoor space and tips on how they affect your home’s ...

How to Ensure Your Furnace Is Ready for Winter’s Cold Nights

The cooler nights of September are the perfect reminder to get your furnace ready for the long winter ahead. Any work on HVAC can be intimidating, and professionals should handle most tasks, but there are steps you can take to keep the heat on this winter.

We’ll look at some ways to prep your furnace for winter and the situations that call for expert help. With some preventive ...

Press Releases

TAPinto Presents "Back to School" Magic Show Featuring Magic Bob, September 23

September 22, 2021

Don't miss TAPinto's "Back to School" virtual magic show with Magic Bob!  The free event will take place on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 7 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Atlantic Health's Children's Hospital.

 

Registration is required to attend.  To ...

Senator Diegnan Bills Signed into Law

Governor Phil Murphy last week signed into law an eight-bill package designed to ensure the safety and well-being of New Jersey veterans and those who care for them in the midst of a public health crisis.

During the pandemic’s onset, COVID-19 claimed the lives of 192 residents and two staff members at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park in Edison and the Paramus Veterans ...