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Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides Returning to New Brunswick City Center

November 21, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – One of the city’s most beloved holiday traditions is returning in December.

New Brunswick’s City Center horse-drawn carriage rides will commence on Dec. 3 – the same night as the city’s annual tree lighting event.

Tickets are now available for this safe, fun ride through downtown in these horse-drawn carriages, which will run from 6 to 9 ...

Christmas is Coming - South Plainfield-Based Puleo International is Opened!

November 26, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Puleo International, a fourth-generation family-owned manufacturer and distributor of unique handcrafted holiday décor items located in South Plainfield, opened their doors to the public for their 17th Annual Christmas Sale on Friday, Nov. 19. 

The warehouse is opened seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sunday, Dec.

Buchanan, Glynn Named Rotary's November Students of the Month 

November 23, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield High School (SPHS) seniors James Buchanan and Olivia Glynn have been named the Edison Rotary Club's November 2021 Students of the Month and were honored at a breakfast held Nov. 17 at the Edison Elks lodge. 

Throughout the school year, the Edison Rotary Club recognizes the academic achievements of SPHS seniors based on ...

South Plainfield Veterans Honored at Annual Middle School Ceremony 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Several retired members of the United States Armed Forces  gathered Thursday at South Plainfield Middle School (SPMS) for a Veterans Day ceremony honoring their dedication and service to our country. 

"Today, we take the time to pay tribute, to celebrate, and to honor all of our veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to ...

Friendsgiving Celebration at the South Plainfield Senior Center

November 24, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Members of the South Plainfield Senior Center gathered Nov. 19 for a Friendsgiving celebration featuring food, dancing, and fun in honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. 

“All of us at the center were so happy to be able to celebrate Friendsgiving this year. This annual tradition marks the start of six weeks of festivities here at the center and ...

South Plainfield Participating in 'Toys for Tots" 2021

November 22, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield Borough Hall once again will be the drop-off point for the annual Toys for Tots drive. The drop-off point will be at a box in Mayor Matthew Anesh’s office in Borough Hall. Toys can be dropped off November 22nd through December 16th at borough hall.

“Last year, we collected well over 1000 toys due to an overwhelming response from ...

South Plainfield Observing 'World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day' November 18

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and, at a council meeting this week, Mayor Anesh proclaimed Nov. 18 as ' World Pancreatic Cancer Day' in the Borough of South Plainfield. 

Resident Bill Price, who along with his family have become advocates for awareness for those suffering with the disease and their families, accepted the ...

Please Help Keep The Storm Drains Clear Of Leaves

November 21, 2021

With the cooler weather recently, the leaves are starting to drop more rapidly off the trees and shrubs in our neighborhoods throughout South Plainfield. 

This is friendly reminder to please don’t forget to remove leaves from nearby storm drains while raking them from your property.  Storm drains play an important role by removing water from our roadways.  If water is not ...

Pilates Design Studio Celebrating 10 Year Anniversary

November 17, 2021

WATCHUNG, NJ – When Danielle Conner opened her Pilates Design Studio a decade ago, the goal was to establish a place of healing and rejuvenation. At the time, she was the sole instructor working with a handful of clients in a small two-room space on Johnston Drive.

Over the years, however, as her client base grew, Conner welcomed additional instructors and, in 2019, ...

Library's 'Angel Tree' to Benefit South Plainfield Families in Need

November 28, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Department of Social Services is once again running its holiday ‘Adopt-A-Family’ initiative and, earlier this week, an 'Angel Tree' adorned with 'wish list' tags instead of ornaments went up in the lobby of the South Plainfield Public Library. 

Residents, organizations, or businesses looking to 'adopt' ...

No. 5 Rutgers Women's Soccer Wins Shootout to Advance to Elite Eight

November 22, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ - No. 5 Rutgers women's soccer advanced to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals, winning the penalty kick shootout over No. 8 TCU following a 1-1 double overtime draw. The Scarlet Knights won the Third Round shootout, 5-4, moving on to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2015. 

Senior forward Amirah Ali recorded the goal for RU, marking her ...

The Tigers Were A Force On The Volleyball Court This Fall

   Resilient is a positive term that can rightfully be used to describe the South Plainfield High School girls volleyball program in 2021. For instance, the Tigers lost their opening match of the regular season (to JFK Iselin on September 8)-but from there, the reeled off seven straight victories.

   After going on a losing skid (five matches from September 25 through ...

Farinella, Miller and Pender to Serve on South Plainfield BOE

November 17, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – There will be a new face on the South Plainfield Board of Education (SPBOE) come January. 

On Election Day 2021, registered voters elected newcomer Divon Pender to his first term on the SPBOE and re-elected incumbent members John Farinella and Sharon Miller. According to unofficial, preliminary tallies, Doug Chapman, the board's current president, lost his ...

Ciattarelli Concedes to Murphy, Expects to Run for Governor in 2025

RARITAN, NJ - Jack will be back in 2025.

Undaunted by his narrow defeat in last week's gubernatorial election to incumbent Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy, GOP candidate Jack Ciattarelli confirmed he will run again in 2025, just minutes after he conceded at a press conference in the borough's Municipal Building on Fiirst Street, where his political career began 35 years ago as a ...

Buchanan, Glynn Named Rotary's November Students of the Month 

November 23, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield High School (SPHS) seniors James Buchanan and Olivia Glynn have been named the Edison Rotary Club's November 2021 Students of the Month and were honored at a breakfast held Nov. 17 at the Edison Elks lodge. 

Throughout the school year, the Edison Rotary Club recognizes the academic achievements of SPHS seniors based on ...

Three Indoor Trees for the Holidays

November 28, 2021

Add a small-scale living evergreen to your holiday celebrations. Consider one that is suitable for growing indoors so you can enjoy it throughout the year.
 

The Lemon Cypress makes a great miniature holiday tree, centerpiece, or gift for a friend. The fragrant chartreuse foliage of this dwarf evergreen continues to brighten your winter décor long after the holidays are over. You ...

Middlesex County Sheriff's Office Seek Applicants for Civilian Academy

November 14, 2021

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Middlesex County residents can get a close-up view of law enforcement use of police dogs, defensive tactics, and SWAT teams in early spring at the Middlesex County Sheriff's Office Civilian Academy.

Applications are being accepted now for the program, which will be held at the Middlesex County Fire Academy located in Sayreville. 

The first session is ...

Happy Hanukkah from TAPinto South Plainfield

November 28, 2021

This year Hanukkah falls on Sunday, November 28th and ends Monday evening on December 6th. In 2020 the Jewish festival was celebrated from December 10th to December 18th. The dates of the “Festival of Lights” are based on the Hebrew calendar, which is luni-solar based on lunar months of 29 days alternating with 30 days. Every three years an extra month is inserted based on a 19-year ...

New Jersey Date Night: Celebrate Hanukkah With Some of NJ’s Best Doughnuts

November 27, 2021

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

Whether you personally celebrate Hanukkah or have friends who do, there are a lot of takeaways from this well-known yet not major Jewish holiday. Much like an action film of today, Hanukkah features conflict between the Maccabees and the Seleucids, a sacred temple as a backdrop and of course a supply chain ...

School Supervisor Saves a Student from Choking as "Training Kicks In"

November 24, 2021

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Ugh! Lunchroom duty for teachers and administrators in a middle school. Loud, messy, silly, and sometimes a bit dramatic, too.  Herbert Peluzzo, Supervisor of Social Studies for the East Brunswick Public Schools, was pitching in as an Interim Assistant Principal at Hammarskjold Middle School on Tuesday. He was surfing the tide of one such busy lunch period when a ...

String of Violent Robberies in Plainfield Under Investigation; Public’s Help Sought (VIDEO)

November 24, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Acting Plainfield Police Director Captain David Guarino jointly announced Wednesday that a series of violent street robberies targeting Hispanic males in Plainfield is under investigation. The robberies have occurred over the course of several weeks, and are mostly carried out during early morning and daytime hours.

The suspects ...

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The Athlete of the Week: Tyler Balent Football Quarterback/Free Safety

The South Plainfield Football team finished its season with a win over Lawrence in the NJSIAA Crossover Game. Senior Tyler Balent concluded his senior year on the gridiron for the Tigers with a 44-30 victory. Tyler was one of the most consistent performers for South Plainfield this season.

The senior quarterback finished the season completing 74 of 116 passes for 939 yards. He also added 58 ...

The Athlete of the Week: Jada Worthem Girls’ Tennis First Singles

While some winter sports were getting underway, conference awards were being finalized.  Senior Jada Worthem was honored once again as an All-Blue Division tennis player. Her tenacious play and dedication to the sport earned her this honor.

On the season, Jada Worthem was a leader and captain for the Lady Tigers tennis program. Jada is bright, energetic, compassionate, and a positive ...

Obituaries

Monroe Township, NJ – Walter J. Flannery, 93, passed away on November 24, 2021 at Robert Wood ...
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Letters to the Editor

Letter to Editor from Debbie Boyle

November 24, 2021

Dear Editor

Each year the South Plainfield Suburban Woman’s club donates a food basket for Thanksgiving and the December holidays.  The basket includes a 25 pound turkey, cooking pan , vegetables, stuffing, biscuits,  baked potatoes,  sweet potatoes,  an apple pie, a pumpkin pie,  a ShopRite gift card, and two bottles of sparkling apple cranberry drinks. Jessica ...

Cultural Arts Wreath Making Event

On Thursday, November 18 the South Plainfield borough Cultural Arts Commission hosted a wreath making event in the PAL conference room.  The event was led by Debbie Adamkowski of South Plainfield, who is an expert wreath maker extraordinaire.  Sign-ups were required and the event could only allow the first 15 people who signed up.  Debbie taught wreath making techniques and ...

Community Happenings

All Season Sports Academy Patriots Baseball 13u Team

November 19, 2021

All Season Sports Academy is looking to develop a 12u(New 13u 60-90) team for this upcoming Winter/Spring/Summer Season.

"We will be having our State-of-the-Art Turf fields behind the facility done this upcoming spring," said Director Anthony Keri. "I take pride in developing kids and helping them to succeed at the highest level"

All that are interested contact Director ...

Santa Claus (and The Grinch) are Coming to Town

Come join the South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club for a day of holiday cheer!
(open to all families)

 

WHEN: December 11, 2021
(Bad weather date 12/12/21)

 

WHERE: The SPJBC Field and Clubhouse
COST: $8 per child (first two children and $5 each additional child); which includes a visit with Santa/Grinch,crafts, a snack & hot ...

Saint Joseph HS Christmas Tree Sale and Toys for Tots Drive 

November 19, 2021

METUCHEN, NJ - Saint Joseph High School is hosting a Christmas Tree Sale and a toy drive on campus in the coming weeks.  Starting Monday, November 29 through Saturday, December 4 the community is invited to drop off a new unwrapped gift for children ages newborn to 16 as part of the Toys for Tots campus campaign.  Gifts may be dropped at the main office between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 ...

Vincent Sollecito Given Prestigious Award from Saint Joseph High School

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Sayreville native Vincent Sollecito was bestowed with the Cor Jesu Award from Saint Joseph High School for his longtime service as president of the high school's Father's Club. Sollecito has been involved with the school for 18 years, touching generations of Falcon students and families.

Sollecito's two sons both graduated from Saint Joe's. Frank, ...

Challenges and Opportunities of the Family Caregiving Trend

Over 60 million adults in the U.S. and many millions more around the world are dealing with the challenges of caring for an older adult. Are you? Some of these people are seniors themselves, who also must care for their grandchildren! The number of caregivers is GROWING rapidly and includes both men and women and even members of the Millennial generation. Sadly, most governments and businesses, ...

36 Million Remote Workers by 2025: How Will That Affect YOU??

And that's just in the United States!

Let's hear what our guest expert, Zeke Minaya, has to say about that. Zeke should know. He's the editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer's "Future of Work" project. What impact is the dramatic shift to remote work having on workers, our cities and their business districts, and employers? How are or will some of the biggest companies ...

The Real Main Event: The ‘Little’ Moments with Your Kids

In 1987, two men put on a show for the ages in front of more than 90,000 people.

In 1989, a father and son saw that show for the first time and never forgot it.

Parenting is full of moments. Some good, some not so much. As parents, we are trying to make the most of our time with our kids. Sometimes, we try really hard, aiming for those memories that our kids will never forget. I would wager ...

Upcoming Events

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Wed, December 1, 6:30 PM

South Plainfield Free Public Library, South Plainfield

"Light Up the Library" Program

Arts & Entertainment

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Sat, December 4, 9:00 AM

Community Medical Center Courtyard by the Main Entrance, Toms River

Pictures with Santa

Giving Back

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Tue, December 7, 4:00 PM

South Plainfield Free Public Library, South Plainfield

"Crafternoon" Program

Arts & Entertainment

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Thu, December 9, 3:30 PM

South Plainfield Free Public Library, South Plainfield

"Coffee Mug Creativity" Program

Arts & Entertainment

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Sat, December 11, 10:30 AM

South Plainfield

Santa and the Grinch are Coming to SPJBC

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Sat, December 11, 6:00 PM

Bridgewater

Murder Mystery Dinner

Columns

The Nazi Titanic: The Incredible Untold Story of a Doomed Ship in World War II by Robert P. Watson

The Nazi Titanic: The Incredible Untold Story of a Doomed Ship in World War II by 

Robert P. Watson. (De Capo Press, 2016).

 

The sinking of the famous British luxury ship, Titanic, is etched indelibly in our imaginations, even today, over 100 years after she succumbed to an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Books, movies, and the story of locating the wreck in the 1980s and ...

Bookmarks

In spite of what you’ve seen practically everywhere, the Holiday season doesn’t truly start until next Friday, just as soon as the Thanksgiving dinner dishes are washed.  After that, you’ll no doubt be very busy preparing for whatever Holiday you celebrate.  So, now’s probably a good time to see about what’s going on at South Plainfield ...

Success of TAPinto’s DIY Content Submission Process Highlighted at 2021 NJ Local News Summit

MONTCLAIR, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was featured as a virtual speaker at the 2021 NJ Local News Summit, presented by The Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University, on Thursday.  Shapiro talked about TAPinto’s Do-It-Yourself (DIY) content submission process and the impact on revenue.

The process, which was developed a few ...

2021 Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest

The South Plainfield Elks Lodge #2298 hosted the 2021 Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest on November 20, 2021, at the PAL.  This season the Elks are celebrating 50 years of developing gritty kids!  The National Elks Foundation and the entire Hoop Shoot Team are committed to making contests fully inclusive, equitable, and safe for all participants and volunteers.

 

We had 24 ...

Why You Should Incorporate Weightlifting Into Your Routine

Weightlifting for active aging adults is a crucial key to overall physical fitness that should not be skipped. Light cardiovascular exercise like walking is essential for seniors, but weight lifting is also a vital part of any routine.

Regular weight training for older adults can lead to several long-lasting health benefits, including improvements in muscle mass and quantity, increased ...

The Best U.S. Trips to Take During the Holiday Season

While some may agree that there’s “no place like home for the holidays,” for others, Christmastime means vacation time. If you’re thinking about heading out of town for the holidays, here are seven destinations to put on your list. 

Best Places to Visit in November

Montpellier, Vermont. From the changing colors of the leaves to the mouth-watering smell of ...

Curious About Botox? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

In this day and age, everyone has heard of Botox, but do you really know what it is and how it works? More than just a popular treatment for wrinkles, Botox is approved to treat various problems, from sweating to migraines. If you’re curious about the procedure, here’s everything you need to know before reaching out to doctors for treatment.

What is Botox?

Botox is the most ...

Elegance in Autumn: 6 Classy Home Decor Must-Haves

As the air gets colder, the leaves turn red and orange, and your regular Starbucks order switches from classic to pumpkin spice, you may be wondering how to maintain a classy home decor while still participating in the autumn aesthetic.

Whether you are trying to impress your holiday guests or simply attempting to get into the harvest spirit, there are boundless opportunities to incorporate ...

Press Releases

Plainfield's Koinonia Academy Celebrates at its 11th Annual Gala

November 23, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Koinonia Academy, a Classical Catholic school that recently transitioned to a Classical Liberal Arts curriculum, held its 11th Annual Gala on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, with over 350 attendees at the Bridgewater Marriott. Founded 37 years ago, Koinonia Academy serves over 280 students from 26 surrounding communities with well over a third of its students being Plainfield ...

Thrive New Jersey Coalition Launches Campaign for Reproductive Freedom Act

Thrive New Jersey, a diverse coalition of organizations fighting for sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice, launched a new campaign calling on state lawmakers to pass the Reproductive Freedom Act. The legislation (S3030/A4848), which is designed to guarantee abortion access for all New Jerseyans, comes amid nationwide threats to abortion access, including an upcoming Supreme Court ...

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is First Cardiovascular Center of Excellence in New Jersey to Treat Patient with New Drug-Coated Balloon Angioplasty Therapy

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is the first cardiovascular center of excellence in New Jersey to use an innovative drug-coated balloon angioplasty therapy for patients whose arteries have narrowed again following their initial treatment with drug eluting stents.

Tudor Vagaonescu, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Cardiology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and ...