Business & Finance

Metropolitan Dermatology Officially Opens South Plainfield Office

3777646dd4cd3db7e31c_met_derm_lead.jpg
Credits: Patricia Feeney
d36fd9108682334fe04a_Met_Derm_a.jpg
Credits: Patricia Feeney
336d3d3c242a741628e1_Met_derm_b.jpg
Credits: Patricia Feeney
0526e3dbedbb6dcb05f5_met_derm_c.jpg
Credits: Patricia Feeney
9fff3edd1f258f355513_met_derm_d.jpg
Credits: Patricia Feeney
19a5fbe57a36c1fa5173_met_derm_e.jpg
Credits: Patricia Feeney
3777646dd4cd3db7e31c_met_derm_lead.jpg

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  - Metropolitan Dermatology had their long-awaited Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at their newest location - 114 Lake Avenue in South Plainfield.  Mayor Matthew Anesh, Council President Derryck White, and Council Members Christine Faustini, Robert Bengivenga Jr., and Joseph Wolak welcomed the medical group to the neighborhood along with residents and new patients who attended the event.

“Metropolitan Dermatology is a great addition to the borough,”  said Anesh.  “Dr. Alex Doctoroff has invested in a beautiful new facility on Lakeview Avenue that is state of the art.  Congratulations to the entire staff on officially opening their South Plainfield location.”

A Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Alex Doctoroff specializes in cosmetic dermatology, surgical dermatology, Mohs micrographic surgery and anti-aging skin treatments.

Sign Up for E-News

“I am very excited to bring world-class dermatology services to South Plainfield,” said Doctoroff.  “From allergy testing for long-standing rashes, to surgical treatment of skin cancers, to non-invasive treatments of pre-cancerous spots, to cosmetic treatments for lines and wrinkles - the residents of South Plainfield and surrounding areas will have access to all the cutting edge treatments.”

Doctoroff is a past President of the New Jersey Dermatological Society.  In addition to treating patients, he currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he teaches dermatology residents.

Ann Waters, resident of Fords, is a patient of Doctoroff and has been visiting the Metropolitan Dermatologist Clark office for over two years. 

“I came today to support the new opening,” said Waters.  “I love Dr. Doctoroff.  I was always afraid of needles and doctors, but he is very comforting.  He’s very quirky.  He has a really great attitude and doesn’t make you nervous at all.”  

Doctoroff opened Metropolitan Dermatology in 2004 and it has since grown to include locations in Clark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Kearny, Staten Island, West New York and now South Plainfield.  Ten Board Certified Physicians and seven Physician Assistants see patients in these locations.

 

“I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Metropolitan Dermatology to South Plainfield,” said Councilwoman Christine Faustini.  “I have visited Dr. Doctoroff’s Clark office with my daughter, Ava. The office staff was knowledgeable, professional and took the time to answer all our questions and address any concerns.  It will be convenient to visit them right here in South Plainfield in their new state of the art facility.”

 

The South Plainfield team of Metropolitan Dermatology will include Doctoroff as Medical Director and Physician Assistants Viraj Patel, PA-C, and Inga Buffano, PA-C, along with their support staff.

“Our office is staffed and run by professionals who truly care about each patient's health and wellness,” said Doctoroff.  “Every member of our South Plainfield team is experienced in the full range of medical, surgical and cosmetic needs.”

“South Plainfield is an amazing community,” said Patel.  “I actually grew up only ten minutes from this area.  The people are wonderful.  Everyone is so kind.  Having the chance to work in this community it’s great.  It feels like I’m back home.”

“We are pleased to welcome Metropolitan Dermatology, Dr. Doctoroff and his staff to South Plainfield,”  said Town Council member Robert Bengivenga.  “Our residents will be impressed by their knowledge, professionalism, and the multitude of services they offer.” 

Metropolitan Dermatology now stands on property once owned by Louis DeFillipo, a South Plainfield firefighter who built a home for his family on the location in 1952.  His daughter, Nancy Guarraci, attended the Grand Opening.

“Our family lived here our whole lives,” said Guarraci.  “My dad was a fireman so he used to just bolt out of the house and run to the fire department if there was a fire.  I grew up here.  This is my home.  My whole life was in South Plainfield.”

The only remnant of the DeFillipo home is a white rock that rests near the sidewalk with the number 114 painted on the front. 

“When we sold the property, my sister wanted to take the white rock that is out front because it was part of the house, but it was just way to big to get,”  added Guarraci.  “But I see Dr. Doctoroff left it there, so I feel like a part of my dad is always going to be a part of South Plainfield because South Plainfield was his home town.” 

Looking to expand their offices three years ago, Doctoroff and Operations Manager of Metropolitan Dermatology Kristine Walters researched the area.

“Metropolitan Dermatology saw South Plainfield as a logical location to meet the needs of underserved patients seeking quality dermatological treatment in the area,” said White.  “Dr. Doctoroff’s desire to bridge the gap between need and services afforded us the opportunity to have a former home not in use, be replaced with a well designed, esthetically appealing state of the arts of dermatology office.”

South Plainfield’s Traffic Safety Board and Zoning Board along with Metropolitan Dermatology worked together to collaborate on the project.  After two years of construction, the office is now officially open.

“The combined effort minimized the impact on the surrounding area and yielded an eye catching structure which enhances the character of our community,” added White.  “We look forward to a long standing relationship with Dr. Doctoroff and his staff.” 

While the South Plainfield offices get up and running, office hours are: Mondays 7:00AM-1:00PM, Tuesdays 1:00PM-7:00PM, Alternating Thursdays 8:00A M-12:30PM, and Fridays 7:00AM-3:00PM.

"Best of luck to Metropolitan Dermatology,” said Wolak.  “Welcome Dr. Doctoroff and his staff to South Plainfield with a new, modern, clean office.”

“What is most important to me is that we offer the best care possible,” added Doctoroff as he led Anesh and Council members on a tour of the office.  “I want to bring South Plainfield the care and treatments that a patient would receive in a large city like New York City.”

“This is a great welcome to the neighborhood,”  added Waters.  “I’m sure he’s going to be a great asset to the town.  He’s a great doctor.  Stop in and come see him even if you have a current dermatologist.  Trust me, you will like him.” 

“We are proud to use our experience and expertise to benefit South Plainfield patients,” concluded Doctoroff.  “We look forward to helping them look and feel their best.”

For more information and to see updates on the full schedule, go to MetropolitanDerm.com.  Appointments can be scheduled by calling 908-941-2227.

 

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

South Plainfield

The Athlete of the Week Samantha Pullen Girls’ Spring Track

The South Plainfield High School Girls’ track team is off to another great start in the 2018 season.  Their record currently stands at 3-0. This past week, the Lady Tigers defeated divisional rivals Metuchen and Middlesex by the scores of 80-56 and 75-56.  They then went on to dominate Bishop Ahr by a score of 112-24.  Much of the Lady Tigers success has been due to the ...

The Athlete of the Week Tatianna Sutor Girls’ Lacrosse

The South Plainfield High School Girls’ Lacrosse team is off to a fantastic start to their 2018 season with a record of 2-0. This past week, the Lady Tigers crushed division rival Bishop Ahr by the score of 14-2, and then went on to beat Boonton 6-3.  A huge part of the success for South Plainfield has been due in a large part to the contributions of senior goalie Tatianna ...

Holy Savior Academy Excels in the Arts - Annual Spring Musical, Art Show to Take Place in May

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The students and staff at Holy Savior Academy, a pre-K3 through eighth grade AdvancedED accredited Middlebrook Deanery Catholic School located in South Plainfield, have been busy gearing up for two widely anticipated spring events. In May, the drama club will present its 4th annual Spring Spectacular Musical and a school wide art show will also take ...

Obituaries

Victor Kochmann, 92, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 surrounded by his loving family in ...
Read more

Letters to the Editor

Letter Welcoming Mike Zushma to Politics

April 19, 2018

Dear Editor, 

I'd like to welcome Mike Zushma to the world of politics and congratulate him on being selected as the town's Democratic Chairman.

 

I've served as Republican chair since 2009, and I've always enjoyed spending my time helping good people get elected to office.  In South Plainfield, it's never about party:  People work together and try ...

Natalie Stilo Signs with Drew University Golf Team

April 20, 2018

Natalie Stilo, Senior at Bishop George Ahr High School, has signed with Drew University's golf team. Currently, Natalie is on Bishop Ahr's golf team. Golf became her passion after her 10 year career in gymnastics ended. She has been working on her golf game and is excited to have the opportunity to play for Drew. She will attend Drew University in the Fall, majoring in Molecular Biology ...

Community Happenings

South Plainfield High School Hall Of Fame Is Seeking Nominees

April 19, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield High School Hall of Fame Committee is again holding their search for candidates for induction into the SPHS Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame was established at South Plainfield High School to recognize outstanding graduates as leaders in their fields who could serve as role models for current and future students.

Candidates will be evaluated on ...

Meet with Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez - 19th Legislative District

April 24, 2018

New Jersey State School Board's Legislative Advocate Christopher Jones (l to r), Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez 19th District, Lucille Bloom, Delegate New Jersey School Boards Association Board of Directors and member of the Sayreville Board of Education and Middlesex County School Board's President Debbie Boyle and member of the  South Plainfield Board of Education  met on April ...

Holy Savior Academy to Hold Open House on April 24

April 18, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Holy Savior Academy, an AdvancedED accredited Middlebrook Deanery Catholic School located in South Plainfield, will hold an open house the evening of Tuesday, April 24.At this time, prospective students and their families in pre-K3 through 8th grade will have the opportunity to tour the school, meet teachers and register. 

“Holy Savior ...

South Plainfield Middle School Students Perform with the CJMEA Honors Band

April 25, 2018

Monroe Township, NJ- On April 21, ten South Plainfield Middle School students had the opportunity to perform with the Central Jersey Music Educators Honors Band.  Many students were nominated to participate in the event and 10 were selected from South Plainfield.  The students who participated were: Emily Wong on Flute, Joseph Cassio on Oboe, Sara DeSimone and Denise Bui on Clarinet, ...

Part Time Position in Municipal Court

The South Plainfield Borough is seeking to hire a part time person with strong customer service skills to perform detailed Municipal Court clerical work.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Answering telephone and walk in inquiries, data entry, maintaining files and records for accuracy, processing payments, related duties as required.

Successful candidates should process ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_bad097ae8b2fe018094c_mayors_wellness

Sat, April 28, 9:00 AM

South Plainfield

Spring Wellness Health Fair - Mayor's Wellness

Carousel_image_5cb3a344be063f4eef87_hf_2018_updated-page-001

Sat, April 28, 9:00 AM

South Plainfield

South Plainfield's Annual Health and Fitness Fair

Carousel_image_540ba92b7ee7d0a56fba_elvis_tribute_final

Sat, April 28, 7:00 PM

South Plainfield

A Tribute to our Veterans - Jim Barone

Carousel_image_7869a9df10fb5a82bf59_autismawareness18-page-001

Sun, April 29, 2:00 PM

South Plainfield

Autism Awareness Event on April 29th

Carousel_image_655bff643922e36ca526_color_me_flyer_final_cut__3_-page-001

Sat, May 5, 9:00 AM

Sewaren

Color Me Run to End Domestic Violence

Columns

Diegnan, Pinkin and Karabinchak Hail Announcement of Grand Opening of New South Plainfield MVC Office

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ- Acting on their commitment to the citizens of Middlesex County, Senator Patrick Diegnan, Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin and Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak today announced that a new, modernized South Plainfield Agency is tentatively scheduled to open on Monday, May 14, 2018.

"I must complement the Motor Vehicle Commission for ending this potential crisis and express my ...

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (Citadel Press, 1970)

 

How does a reviewer do justice to a book called “the great American novel”? I first read Johnny Got His Gun during the Viet Nam war, when young people, nationwide, were protesting fighting in a war that was a senseless waste of life; a war in which the United States had no business participating.

Bookmarks

Your library is a hub of education and entertainment that is available to you not just when the library is open, but at all hours, thanks to our great online resources.  

If you want to brush up on your computer skills, or learn something new, try Learning Express.  You can access it through the library’s website. Once you’ve registered (you’ll need ...

Suburban Woman’s Club Fashion Show/Fund Raiser A Lot of Fun and A Great Success!

Heidi Klum would certainly approve of the Suburban Woman’s Club Annual Fashion Show and Fund Raiser held on Sunday, April 22nd.  One hundred fifty ladies enjoyed a lovely lunch and watched models of all shapes, sizes and ages walk the runway at the South Plainfield Senior Center. 

VP Jane Rundella, Co-Chair of this event, was the show’s narrator and provided the audience ...

Press Releases

Pack 224 bids Farewell to Arrow of Light Scouts

April 24, 2018

It is with great pride and pleasure that Riley School Cub Scout Pack 224 acknowledges the dedication of the Arrow of Light den members who are now officially Boy Scouts.  All three have chosen to join Boy Scout Troop 309.  Since they were in first grade, Kevin Casaliggi, Lorenzo Fuscoletti, and Colin Morris have dutifully and consistently completed the necessary requirements to reach ...