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Mayor's Wellness Corner

Caught on a Walk Series

Caught on a Walk - Melissa Loiacono and Friends

April 27, 2015

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Caught On A Walk program, sponsored by the Mayor’s Wellness Committee supports walking and healthy lifestyles in South Plainfield.  The program is designed to ...

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Letters to Editor

Letters to the Editor

The Secret Life of a Special Needs Mom

April 30, 2015

As we mark the end of Autism Awareness month, I would like to share the challenges that we, as parents, confront each day as we try to give our kids a better quality of life. As a newly-minted spec...

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In the Schools

In The Schools

South Plainfield Music Department News

April 26, 2015

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The students of the South Plainfield Music Department will be performing their spring concerts in the near future and they would love to share their talents with you.  A...

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Community Announcements

Community Life

Community Life

Public Celebrations Committee Announces Labor Day Parade Theme: Celebrating Our Heritage

April 22, 2015

  SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Borough Public Celebrations Committee is excited to announce the 2015 Labor Day Parade Theme "Celebrating Our Heritage" honoring ...

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Today's Events

Columns

South Plainfield Library

Bookmarks

  I hope you’ve been by the library and have seen the construction progress that’s been made. Watching the addition grow is very exciting, but every now and then it reaches a st...

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Cooking With Craig

Linguini with Green Onions, Lemon, and Pecorino

The great thing about pasta is that there are so many approaches. Further, the flavor profiles of individual dishes can range from very complex with lots of ingredients to very simple with just a f...

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Beth's Book Review

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

EDISON, NJ - On April 2, 1917 President Woodrow Wilson addressed Congress to announce that “The world must be made safe for democracy,” and thus decreed that the United States finally w...

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South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203

South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Holds 2015 Special Citizens Drive

The South Plainfield Knight of Columbus #6203 held their 2015 "Special Citizens Drive" from April 23rd through April 26th. Over $10,000 was collected during the 4 day event from canning a...

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The World According to Greg...................

CRAPS, THE GREATEST CASINO TABLE GAME

If you want a game with a multi-faceted social dynamic where almost every player is playing a game within a game, a complex but not impossible mathematical model, lots of slang, lots of action, alo...

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Guest Column

What has the Rutgers Greek Life Ban Really Proved?

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It has been about two week since some Rutgers University administrators have placed a campus wide ban on all Greek life parties.  With plenty of sunshine filled days in ...

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DOT Says Piscataway Can Keep Red Light Cameras for Now

By BOB JONES

November 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM

TRENTON, NJ - Despite a bipartisan plea from South Plainfield’s mayor and council, the state Department of Transportation said this week it would not require Piscataway to take down its red light cameras along South Plainfield’s border.

In a Nov. 7 letter, Assistant DOT Commissioner Anthony J. Attanasio said that Piscataway’s cameras are part of a five-year pilot program and that data from the intersections is needed so the department can “make sound safety recommendations to the Governor and State Legislature” about whether the program should continue.

According to Attanasio, while accidents may be up in South Plainfield, this is not the norm elsewhere. 

“South Plainfield’s experience of increasing crash data during the first year of (red light cameras) is not unique; however, it is not the norm either,” said Attanasio.  “Based on past data, (red light camera) locations as a group show across-the-board decreases in right angle, rear-end and total crashes.”

But South Plainfield Mayor Matthew Anesh remained unconvinced. “We’re seeing more accidents, plain and simple,” the mayor said. “They make the roads less safe.  It’s about money, not safety.”

Anesh said he’ll continue to fight to get the cameras removed, and he urged residents to write the DOT and state legislature.  “The five-year pilot ends in 2014.  People need to let their legislators know that they are against this program and that it should be shelved.”   

In the meantime, Anesh said he will be consulting with the borough’s lawyers to see if there is anything else that can be done about the cameras that affect South Plainfield residents.  “If there is something we can do, we’ll do it,” Anesh said.