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Autistic Singer/Songwriter and Popular TikTok Influencer Cory Singer Releases Latest Single, “Somebody’s Heart” 

December 2, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – South Plainfield native, singer/songwriter Cory Singer has nearly 400,000 followers and over 11 million “likes” on TikTok with numerous hit songs and starring roles in New York Theater musicals. Singer is using his popularity to advocate for the autistic. Diagnosed with autism at a young age, Singer’s humble, down-to-earth demeanor and humorous ...

TAPinto Tips: Let TAPinto Be Part of Your Marketing Plan

November 29, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Do you have a Marketing Plan?  What are you doing now? Is it working? What's your budget? Do you want to reach our TAPinto viewers? Have you considered the TAPinto Do-it-Yourself (DIY) marketing platform? These are the questions we will ask you when inquiring about marketing with TAPinto.

The TAPinto network of ...

Grant School Running 'Backpacks for V.E.T.S.' Initiative Through December 20

December 6, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Grant School's Peer Leaders, Buddies Against Bullying, and Student Council members are joining efforts with Kean University's Veteran Student Services to help make the holidays a little brighter and warmer for homeless and at-risk veterans. 

From now through Dec. 20, the school leadership groups will be collecting a variety of new and much ...

Jasmin Lee of South Plainfield Named SYF Administrator of the Year

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Jasmin Lee, a resident of South Plainfield for 34 years with close to two decades of experience in education, was recently awarded the 2021 Simon Youth Foundation Administrator of the Year Award. 

Lee, who was nominated by her principal and an English teacher and recognized at a virtual event held last month, currently serves as the Academy Leader for the ...

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 ...

Gov Murphy, Health Advocates Call for Passage of Reproductive Rights Legislation

December 3, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- On Wednesday morning, while the United States Supreme Court began hearing arguments on a legal challenge that could overturn the country's landmark Roe v. Wade reproductive rights precedent, Governor Phil Murphy held a virtual press conference with the state's reproductive rights advocates calling for the passage of a state law on similar women's health ...

South Plainfield Participating in 'Toys for Tots" 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 ...

Piscataway: Activists Protest County's Decision to Keep Johnson Park Zoo Open

December 5, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Animal rights activists gathered Sunday to protest the delay of the closing of the Johnson Park Zoo in Piscataway.

“We are protesting for the Johnson Park Zoo to be closed, and for the animals to be moved to better (their) lives with the 14 sanctuaries that offered to take them,” said Friends of the Johnson Park Zoo Animals in the details of their Facebook ...

First Omicron Variant Case Confirmed in New Jersey

December 4, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli announced the State Department of Health has confirmed a case of the Omicron variant in a traveler to the state.  The person has been identified by the state as an adult female, who is a fully-vaccinated resident from Georgia, and had recently traveled to South Africa.

She tested positive on November 28 ...

South Plainfield Joins #JerseysforJackson Effort in Honor of Young Wisconsin Parade Victim 

December 3, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A social media effort in memory of a Wisconsin boy spanned across the country last week with boys and girls from South Plainfield among those who took part. 

Last Friday, borough students were among the thousands across the country to wear baseball and softball jerseys to school in honor of Jackson Sparks, the 8-year-old boy killed in the Waukesha Christmas ...

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 ...

South Plainfield Model United Nations Goes to Rutgers

November 30, 2021

The South Plainfield Model United Nations Club has recently come back from an enriching and exciting experience at the Rutgers Model United Nations (RUMUN). From November 18th to 21st, 16 dedicated students, along with their advisor Miten Shah, were completely immersed in the world of the United Nations. Although last year was nebulous with the uncertainties of in-person conferences due to COVID, ...

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 ...

'It Saved My Life:' Drug Court Grads Celebrate Emotional Milestone

December 1, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Lloyd purchased his first car. Ashley was promoted to cashier. Michael is working after obtaining his commercial driver’s license.

Jahad recently got married. Joseph opened his first bank account in five years. Alex graduated from Middlesex College and works as an addiction counselor.

The graduates from Middlesex County’s Drug Court talked about how they ...

Grant School Running 'Backpacks for V.E.T.S.' Initiative Through December 20

December 6, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Grant School's Peer Leaders, Buddies Against Bullying, and Student Council members are joining efforts with Kean University's Veteran Student Services to help make the holidays a little brighter and warmer for homeless and at-risk veterans. 

From now through Dec. 20, the school leadership groups will be collecting a variety of new and much ...

New Brunswick Will Transform into Winter Wonderland This Weekend

December 3, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - One of the city’s most beloved traditions - the annual tree lighting - will kick off the holiday season in New Brunswick on Friday.

Hosted by City Center New Brunswick, the ceremony will start at 6 p.m. with one tree being lit at Monument Square Park and three more along George Street.

The celebration begins at 3 p.m., with music and dance performances courtesy of ...

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 Book Combines Classic Cocktails and True Crime Stories

December 5, 2021

If you’re throwing a themed party or looking to curl up with some scintillating stories and a nightcap, “Mixology and Murder” by Kierra Sondereker (Ulysses Press; October 2021) has what you’re looking for.

“‘Mixology and Murder’ is a combination of two things I really enjoy — cocktails and true crime stories,” said author Kierra Sondereker, ...

REPLENISH to Host Holiday Celebration and Food Drive at Piscataway’s East Jersey Old Town Village

December 4, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ - ‘Tis the season for giving and REPLENISH (formerly MCFOODS), Midldesex County’s largest food insecurity resource, will host its Holiday Celebration and Food Drive at East Jersey Old Town Village, 1050 River Road in Piscataway.

Kick-off the holiday with a visit to East Jersey Old Town Village in Johnson Park on Saturday, Dec. 4 from noon until 4 p.m. to make your ...

Wawa Welcomes Customers to New Location in Plainfield

December 4, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Wawa celebrated its new gas and food market location on South Avenue in Plainfield with a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony Friday. The store opened bright and early to a steady stream of customers, offering "I Love Wawa" T-shirts for the first 100 customers, and free coffee. Wawa will offer a free cup of Joe to all Plainfield customers through Sunday, December ...

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

The South Plainfield girls’ volleyball team had an outstanding season. The Lady Tigers finished with 15 wins and made it all the way to the quarterfinals of the sectional championship. Senior Baylee Wnuk was a vital part of the team’s accomplishments. Baylee was named to the All-White Division team for the second straight year.

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

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 ...

NJ TRANSIT’s Renaissance Plans Focus on a Decade of Enhancements

NEW JERSEY – The state’s most extensive transit system recently laid out plans for a massive transformation intended to make it tops as far as reliability and efficiency.

According to NJ TRANSIT President and CEO Kevin Corbett, President, the company intends to make up for lost time and has already begun the process. Strategic plans made through 2030 bring a promise of increased ...

Obituaries

Jul 15, 1967 - Nov 21, 2021
Leo C. Scott was the youngest of nine children, born in Anchorage Alaska on July 15, 1967. Leo ...
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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

SPHS Athletic Department/Athletic Booster Club Toy Drive.

December 1, 2021

This is the 17th year that the South Plainfield High School Athletic Department/Athletic Booster Club will be sponsoring their annual Toy Drive.

Please bring a new unwrapped toy suitable for a holiday gift to the High School Athletic Office, Monday through Friday from 7AM to 3PM.  We are also asking for gift card donations for the older children. Gifts will be accepted until Friday ...

Benefit Performance To Be Held On December 10

Westfield Community Players will host a benefit performance of the comedy “Play On” on Friday, December 10.  The performance will benefit the Seesselberg Foundation, supporting their scholarships and other contributions to arts and education in the area.

Since, 2013, the foundation has presented the Dianne Seesselberg Memorial Scholarship to students who have participated in ...

South Plainfield Recycling Complex Closed Friday, December 3, for Road Repair

November 30, 2021

Kenneth Avenue will be milled and paved on December 2 and 3.  The Yard Waste Site will be open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday but there will be no access to the Complex on Friday.  It will be open as usual on Saturday 8 - 3 at Recycling and 8 - 4 at Yard Waste.

Extra, Extra: Read All About It- Newspaper Trends... and Opportunities

What's a former Dow Jones and Wall St. Journal pro have to say about the newspaper industry, how it's evolved, where it is now, where it may be headed, and what opportunities that portends? 

To find out, listen to my guest expert, Ken Herts, Chief Operating Officer of the Lenfest Institute for Journalism. Ken has spent more than 30 years in the news business... so he should know ...

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, ...

The Omicron Variant – What We Know Today

An update on the Omicron variant of COVID-19 from Atlantic Health System experts Steven Sheris, MD, Executive Vice President, Chief Physician Executive, Atlantic Health System, President, Atlantic Medical Group and Jason Kessler, MD, section chief, infectious disease, Morristown Medical Center. For more information ...

Upcoming Events

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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

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Tue, December 14, 1:00 PM

Wesley United Methodist Church, South Plainfield

South Plainfield Community Blood Drive - Please ...

Giving Back Health & Wellness

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Wed, December 15, 2:00 PM

South Plainfield

Christmas Craft Fair at Holy Savior in South ...

Arts & Entertainment

Columns

Bookmarks

It’s finally December and winter is coming! What better time to stock up on books, movies, music and more to get you through the coldest time of the year. Don’t feel like leaving the comfort of your warm and cozy home? No problem. Library resources can come directly to you via the magic of the internet. You can use your library card to access a huge selection of e-books, audiobooks, ...

TAPinto Tips: Let TAPinto Be Part of your Marketing Plan

Do you have a Marketing Plan?  What are you doing now? Is it working? What's your budget? Do you want to reach our TAPinto viewers? Have you considered the TAPinto Do-it-Yourself (DIY) marketing platform? These are the questions I will ask you when inquiring about marketing with TAPinto.

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10 DIY Décor Ideas for Your Holiday Home

So much of the joy from the holiday season comes from entertaining. Whether you’re throwing a big bash for the neighborhood or hosting a more intimate gathering of close family and friends, filling your home with exciting and colorful decorations is a must.

Rather than buying everything pre-made, consider rounding out your décor collection with some DIY items that highlight your ...

Practical Skincare Gifts She’s Sure to Love

When it comes to gifting, we often think along the lines of gift cards, flowers, candies, and chocolates. While those items are classic crowd-pleasers, skincare can also make a great gift.

Here are practical gifts for every skincare fanatic on your list, from mask lovers to eye cream connoisseurs.

Facial Cleanser

One of the most essential needs for a woman’s skincare routine is a ...

Press Releases

2022 Primary Election Policies

December 2, 2021

The following are marketing options available to all candidates for the 2022 Primary Election.  To discuss marketing on TAPinto, please contact your local TAPinto site owner/publisher or click here.   

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Atlantic Health System names Stephanie Schwartz as president of Overlook Medical Center

Move follows transformative presidency at Chilton Medical Center

SUMMIT, NJ – DECEMBER 2, 2021 – Atlantic Health System today announced that Stephanie Schwartz, MHSA, FACHE, has been named president of Overlook Medical Center, following a successful tenure as president at Chilton Medical Center that saw numerous achievements and enhancements in care.

Schwartz has been serving as ...

Expanded Partnership Between CentraState Healthcare System and Atlantic Health System Approved by State of New Jersey

MORRISTOWN / FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ – December 1, 2021 – In a step that clears the way for completion of a unique model for health system co-ownership, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Joseph Quinn has accepted New Jersey Acting Attorney General Andrew Bruck’s approval of CentraState Healthcare System and Atlantic Health System’s plans to expand their successful partnership.