Community Life

Rutgers Day and New Jersey Folk Festival Officially Bring Spring

b40853bc0f765edd75bb_IMG_5603.JPG
Russian nesting dolls reveal secrets Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
d1deb15297f3578e4294_IMG_5604.jpg
Musical walking sticks for sale Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick Sports
556441e33a71b418b140_IMG_5605.jpg
Teeny tiny books Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
23911d6abad1a3b00184_IMG_5606.jpg
Stained glass mosaics catch the light Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
ab8b64f01ff6bc936c8a_IMG_5607.jpg
It was a day to celebrate folk traditions. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
7d87954e6be03f101267_IMG_5608.jpg
East Brunswick's finest supporting the economy. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
be943d7a822710c3535b_IMG_5610.jpg
Art in Coin. Will we have coins anymore? Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
01d4eaaab258ad1a9bfe_IMG_5611.jpg
Pawprints and peace signs capture the spirit of the day Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
383216ac171d62fb8443_IMG_5616.jpg
Abe Lincoln, revisited Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
e9565cdc1e6c0ac90af4_IMG_5617.jpg
Native American music and images filled the air Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
9e8807476d3bab5b6994_IMG_5619.jpg
Hand-blown glass by local artists Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
d00bed998400b3f8d78f_IMG_5620.jpg
Carin Baum, of East Brunswick's www.treasuretreemosaics.com Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
2b142ec810536ae592c1_IMG_5624.jpg
Older than the USA Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
8c1213dd562227fec3c0_IMG_5625.jpg
Student volunteers, shining in the sun at Rutgers Day Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
e8fa6651da598842cf9d_IMG_5627.jpg
On the corner of George Street and Albany Street Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
1c0da961c0cb75346f15_IMG_5628.jpg
New garage band? The New Brunswick Seedlings? See you at the Court Tavern... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
ec5d7f9a66eb01090aa8_IMG_5630.jpg
BRUUUUUUUUCE... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
69b6f511689d814ba5cb_IMG_5635.jpg
Lawrence Brook Watershed partnership - speaking out for our local preservation www.LBWF.org Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
311049311a8d2f4488f0_IMG_5636.jpg
Students teaching students about their environment Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
abf2b3cc7c5f8dd6a558_IMG_5638.jpg
8ae5ec4cfb61440601e8_IMG_5639.jpg
Celebrating Cook College and it's long tradition in the natural sciences Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
b75fa655f3b40b0305e9_IMG_5640.jpg
Rutgers Farm Market meats will be for sale at Rutgers Gardens next Friday Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
adf94c7cfee714cf3b75_IMG_5641.jpg
Pigs just having a bit of a hang Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
620e78de2d493abd1e59_IMG_5644.jpg
Waiting for Charlotte... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
8e592bb8a440e7200f2b_IMG_5646.jpg
"TAPping" into Rutgers GSE class of 1991 Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
39de850ec12a70e93418_IMG_5647.jpg
Smart cookies Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
f9ca6e1dd0da8459b005_IMG_5648.jpg
Something for everyone on Rutgers Day Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
5e114d3f069b8d073b24_IMG_5649.jpg
A t-shirt motto: "If you're not doing it outdoors, it isn't any fun." Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
210ba1c1c294ef2eecc1_IMG_5651.jpg
"If you can spell it, we can make it" www.jerseyplateart.com Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
273902fc84e73b731f0b_IMG_5652.jpg
Best shirts at the festival Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
01629c1c97bb95e1ea17_IMG_5654.jpg
Maglione's Italian Ices, as devoured by Jeannine and Dave Lonski, East Brunswick's official tasters Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
94bada67ef2c9b4c1e8e_IMG_5657.jpg
Blacksmiths "striking while the iron is hot" Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
9b06414de26e12940fe3_IMG_5659.jpg
Pottery teacher Anneliese Mueller and her husband Ernst shop for handmade children's toys. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
c940cd7d26d901948b01_IMG_5662.jpg
The Magnolia Street String Band perform Americana Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
73a09364d5a8aa8b94a0_IMG_5667.jpg
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Founder of the Turkish Republic, poses for pictures. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
c6a41c25dbe0e6f15e15_IMG_5668.jpg
The skyline of New Brunswick, as seen from the Douglass Campus. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
b40853bc0f765edd75bb_IMG_5603.JPG

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, NJ - All 5 local campuses of Rutgers University came alive yesterday for the annual Rutgers Day event and the New Jersey Folk Festival.  It was time to dig deep into our Jersey roots and recognize new growth and deep traditions.

Like every great event in America, it began with a parade.  Rutgers musicians were joined by the North Brunswick High School Raiders Marching Band, the Rutgers cheerleaders, the Rutgers Marching Scarlet Knights, and the Scarlet Knight mascot.

The Busch Campus in Piscataway hosted dozens of workshops for children, prospective students, and adults ranging from "Flexibility for All Ages and Stages" presented by the Physical Therapy Program; to informational sessions given by the New Jersey Medical School Office of Admissions; and a creative take on non-alcoholic "mocktails" demonstrated by the Culinary Club.  East Brunswick's Anneleise Mueller (a 1990 Rutgers alumna who makes the soup for Elijah's Promise) joined her husband Ernst at Busch to explore engineering programs and see the labs on campus: "It's exciting to see what's new to learn, " said Mueller.

Sign Up for E-News

In New Brunswick, thousands of visitors occupied the streets and by-ways of the Cook and Douglass campuses to view and participate in programs presented by university organizations, local artisans, folk musicians, farmers, and historians.  There were speeches and songs, plants and pigs, traditional crafts and innovative creations.  And there was lots, and lots, and lots of food, with trucks everywhere selling everything from vegan burgers to university-grown meats to lobster mac and cheese.

The event lasted from 10:00 to 4:00 and featured performances on 3 stages by bluegrass singers, harpists, Lenni-Lenape tribal performers, and a Turkish band.

On the Cook Campus, Rutgers let its agricultural soul shine.  Families visited Rutgers cows, sheep, and pigs.  (I must confess to waving at them from Route 1 South occasionally.)  The farm store, which serves both the farmers' markets in New Brunswick and at Rutgers Gardens Farmers market, was open, selling packages of local non-GMO meats.

And there were plants.  Varietal tomatoes, especially.  Visitors were carting around plants and seedlings to usher in the spring on the 80-degree day that graced the festival after a night of apocalyptic lightning and thunder in Middlesex County.

East Brunswick's Dave and Jeannine Lonski were, there, too, after having celebrated their daughter Kathleen's recent choral performance at Rutgers Voorhees Chapel on the Douglass Campus.

Rutgers Day was a both a promotion and a celebration of Central New Jersey's university.  Older than America, but offering something new every year.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

South Plainfield

The Athlete of the Week Alejandro Garcia Boys’ Spring Track

The South Plainfield Boys’ Spring Track has continued to be one of the most successful programs for the Spring Athletic Season.  The Boys’ have been dominate in the Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division for the last few years.  After being decimated by graduation, the Tigers were not sure what the season would hold.  South Plainfield once again won the Blue ...

The Athlete of the Week Christopher Shine Baseball

The South Plainfield High School baseball team is continuing to have a successful 2018 season with a record of 15-9. This past week, the Tigers went 4-0 beating out of conference foes North Hunterdon, Montgomery, and Bernards.  They finished the week with a win in the first round of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament, over Carteret.   A major contributor to South ...

Holy Savior Cheerleading Squad Takes Season by 'Storm'

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Holy Savior Academy’s (HSA) ‘Biddy’ Cheerleading Squad, the Storm,  recently completed their 2017-2018 season with a first place win in their division at Cheerfest. Held May 12 at Six Flags Great Adventure, the annual multi-state competition featured teams from throughout New Jersey. 

“This cheer season has been such an ...

Obituaries

South Plainfield – Dorothy Rotola, 91, passed away Thursday, May 24, 2018 in Ashbrook Nursing ...
Read more

Letters to the Editor

Tree Olano Says "Thank You"

May 23, 2018

The infamous “Senior Gardens” is a huge part of the senior center .  The vegetables are all planted and ready for a fruitful harvest!

I wanted to extend a “thank you” the following people who made this happen:

The  Department of Public Works – Kristina Nieradka for taking my many calls with kindness and professionalism; Donna Zereconski, ...

Middlesex County College Graduates 1480 Students May 17

May 22, 2018

EDISON, NJ - A total of 1514 degrees and certificates were awarded to 1480 students by Middlesex County College Thursday, May 17 at the 51st annual Commencement exercises witnessed by approximately 3500 guests at the Rutgers Athletic Center.

Valedictorian Sindhu Murthy (Highland Park) delivered the class welcome, sharing her experiences and aspirations. Ms. Murthy, who graduated in January and ...

Community Happenings

JOHN E. RILEY’S 1ST ANNUAL FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL

May 12, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 11AM to 5PM, the John E. Riley PTSO (JER PTSO) will be hosting its first ever Food Truck Festival!

 

Come out for a good time while supporting a good cause! Proceeds from this event will go to replacing the 2 broken playground structures at John E. Riley Elementary School costing approximately $80,000. 11+ food trucks including ...

Holy Savior Cheerleading Squad Takes Season by 'Storm'

May 21, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Holy Savior Academy’s (HSA) ‘Biddy’ Cheerleading Squad, the Storm,  recently completed their 2017-2018 season with a first place win in their division at Cheerfest. Held May 12 at Six Flags Great Adventure, the annual multi-state competition featured teams from throughout New Jersey. 

“This cheer season has been such an ...

Holy Savior Academy to Hold 7th Annual 5K Run & Family Walk in June

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Calling all runners and walkers! Holy Savior Academy will hold its 7th Annual 5K Run and 1 Mile Family Walk on Saturday, June 2. Proceeds from this year’s family-friendly event will benefit the school’s academic, athletic, and extracurricular programs.

“Holy Savior Academy’s annual 5K offers the school an opportunity to provide other ...

Memorial Day Services ­Announced

May 22, 2018

The South Plainfield Memorial Day Services, hosted by the American Legion Post #243  and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post #6763  will be held on Monday, May 28.  It will commence at the American Legion Post 243 at 9:00 a.m.  The procession will start with the tradition of wreath laying  at 10 a.m. in Monument Park.( Attendees may park in Veterans Memorial ...

Road Projects - Closures

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -  Road resurfacing continues on Joan Street between South Plainfield Avenue and Maple Avenue plus Michael Street.  Roadways are closed to local traffic only.  This information was sent via Nixle Alert.

Staying Fit at the Senior Center

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Staying fit and getting plenty of good exercise is a high priority at the South Plainfield Senior Center, located at 90 Maple Avenue in South Plainfield. Classes on health issues and a wide range of physical exercise are available almost daily.

The Walking Group meets every Friday, weather permitting, starting on May 18 and going through October. Participants meet at the ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_7a110ba1b1a66408e129_mini_magick20180522-67475-1v887d3

Mon, May 28, 9:00 AM

South Plainfield

Memorial Day Services ­Announced

Wed, May 30, 6:00 PM

South Plainfield Public Library, South Plainfield

Town-Wide Girl Scout Registration

Sat, June 2, 9:00 AM

South Plainfield

Holy Savior Academy 5K and Family Fun Walk

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_760c3a884873d7076167_jim_peck

Sun, June 3, 2:00 PM

South Plainfield

South Plainfield Public Library presents ...

Carousel_image_ef935b6a75011efff62d_origami_craft_flyer-page-001

Thu, June 7, 7:00 PM

South Plainfield

Origami Craft Night at the South Plainfield ...

Columns

Diegnan & Ruiz Bill to Establish Grant Program to Develop Dual Language Immersion Programs Advances

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. and Senate Education Chair M. Teresa Ruiz to establish a grant program for school districts and charter schools to develop dual language immersion programs was released from the Senate Education Committee today.

 

“The best way for a student to excel in a foreign language is an immersion program,” said ...

The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2005)

            The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani, a New York Times best selling author, was recommended to me by a young woman who actually came from the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania, the place where the novel is set. “The author did such a wonderful job of describing how the town actually is,” said the young lady.

Bookmarks

The South Plainfield Public Library will be closed this Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28 due to Memorial Day.  Because of the holiday, there will be no movie showing this week on Monday evening or Wednesday afternoon.  Monday Night Movies will resume the week of June 4, with a newly released selection.

This Saturday, May 26, the library is hosting a Mario Kart Tournament: Blindfold ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Steve Lenox of TAPinto Paterson

This week's feature will focus on TAPinto Paterson's franchisee, Steve Lenox. Find out how the current owner of a public affairs firm went from a former State Director for Senator Frank Lautenberg to a proud TAPinto franchisee for New Jersey's third largest city.

 

Q. When did you join TAPinto.net?

I joined TAPinto.net in September, ...

Suburban Woman’s Club Welcomes You

The Suburban Woman’s Club of South Plainfield is welcoming new members. Enjoy creative fund raisers, interesting activities while participating on standing committees, informative monthly programs, and the camaraderie of women whose efforts enhance the community. The club meets at 1:00 PM on the first Thursday of each month, September through June, at the American ...

Press Releases

Pinkin Resolution to Raise Awareness of Gun Violence passes Assembly

May 24, 2018

TRENTON, NJ - Assembly Democrats Yvonne Lopez, Angela McKnight and Nancy Pinkin resolution to raise awareness of gun violence was voted out of the Assembly 67-0 on Thursday.
            The measure (AJR-100) designates June 2 of each year as “Gun Violence Awareness Day” in New Jersey in order to promote ...