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Letters to Editor

Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor from Gary Vesce

June 30, 2015

Dear Editor: The replacement of Michael Zushma as Emergency Management Coordinator is an example of politics at its worst.  At the June 22nd council meeting I, along with other members of the ...

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Obituaries

Obituaries

Theresa D. “Aunt Tessie” ( Butrico ) DiSesso

June 27, 2015

South Plainfield - Theresa D. “Aunt Tessie” ( Butrico ) DiSesso, 100, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June, 25, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family. Born and raised in South ...

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Community Announcements

South Plainfield Hiring Part-Time 911 Operators

June 28, 2015

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Police Department is seeking per diem personnel for the Communications Division.  The candidate must have the following: * a high school diploma or ...

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Press Releases

Governor Chris Christie May Announce Bid for Presidency at Livingston High School on Tuesday

June 29, 2015

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Media outlets are reporting that Gov. Chris Christie will be making official his bid for the Presidency with an announcement at Livingston High School, his alma mater, on ...

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Mayor's Wellness Corner

Caught on a Walk Series

Caught On a Walk - Frank Gianneschi

June 18, 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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In the Schools

In The Schools

Tint Sprint 5K & Wellness Fair Set for Sept. 27

June 28, 2015

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield High School’s DECA (Distributive Education Club of America) & Tennis Organizations, partnered with the South Plainfield Mayor’s Wellness ...

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Featured Business Listing

Community Life

Community Life

Summer Drama Workshop Hosting Community Yard Sale on July 11th

June 22, 2015

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield Summer Drama Workshop will be holding a community yard sale at South Plainfield Middle School July 11th starting at 9am until 2pm  Anyone interested in ...

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Today's Events

South Plainfield Borough Council News

Mayor Anesh Proclaims Amateur Radio Week – June 22-28

June 24, 2015

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - At the Mayor and Council Meeting on Monday, Mayor Matthew Anesh proclaimed the week of June 22 Amateur Radio Week.  The proclamation explained amateur radio operators are ...

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Columns

South Plainfield Library

Bookmarks

To celebrate the 239th anniversary of the United States, the Library will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4.  Do you have questions about US history?  Suppose you want to ...

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Jeffrey Strauss, Esq.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is a very complex subject.  In simple terms, malpractice occurs when a health professional performs their job in a way that contradicts generally accepted medical practice ...

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Cooking With Craig

Wild Alaskan Salmon Poached In Vinho Verde with Garlic Scapes

When you have a beautiful piece of fish, you really don’t need to do a whole lot to it.  Rather, restraint is really the rule of the day so that the subtle flavors really shine.  As ...

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Health Tips from Doctors Express

Skin Cancer Prevention

Skin cancer is a preventable cancer, meaning lifestyle and behavior changes, diet and exercise can impact your chances of developing this disease. Here are some of your best bets in the lifestyle and ...

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Beth's Book Review

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills

As the date of the much anticipated Go Set a Watchman approaches, interest has been renewed in the reclusive, and now very frail, 88 year old, Harper Lee. The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper ...

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Lost in Suburbia®

Getting Under My Skin

“What do you think this is?” my husband asked me, pointing to his elbow. “That is your elbow,” I stated matter-of-factly. “No, these red spots,” he ...

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

SPORTS FACTS YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE KNOWN

I had a severe case of writer’s block, so I decided to do what I do best;  come up with some sports trivia that’s a little out of the mainstream and/or something that you just cannot ...

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News from Assemblyman Diegnan

Diegnan Bill to Promote Biliteracy among N.J. Students Advanced by Assembly

TRENTON, NJ – Bi-Partisan Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. and legislative colleagues to honor New Jersey students who achieve literacy in more than one world ...

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Lost and Found Pets

South Plainfield Residents Criticize Piscataway’s Red Light Cameras

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – In the five days since The Alternative Press of South Plainfield released an analysis showing a 50% spike in auto crashes near red light cameras along the Piscataway border, the reactions from South Plainfield residents are anything but vague.  

“It’s not for driver safety,” said South Plainfield resident Walter Leonard, “but a way to make money.  Period!”

“They are dangerous,” added Judith Wanthouse. 

Wanthouse and Leonard’s comments were typical of those posted on The Alternative Press of South Plainfield’s Facebook page.

 “I abhor these cameras with a passion,” said Greg Heim when telling fellow readers his opinion. 

Another resident explained how he received two tickets in the mail the day before the article hit.  “I will be counting my Mississippi’s as I stop at the light before the white line,” said Ken Wolpin. 

Wolpin explained how Piscataway has a special court night just to handle red-light-camera tickets.  “This entire issue is extremely frustrating,” he said.

Walter Thompson explained why he thinks accidents are up. “People see the yellow light and jump on the brakes to avoid getting a ticket, only to be rear ended,” he said.

Readers also criticized Piscataway for installing the cameras.  “Those cameras only make money for Piscataway” said one reader. “It’s a trap and a money maker,” added South Plainfield resident Sharon Lemos Scalera.

While the story highlighted the problems that Piscataway’s red light cameras cause in South Plainfield, the findings received statewide attention.  News 12 New Jersey ran a television feature based on the story, and radio stations WWOR and NJ-101.5 used the findings as fodder for talk-radio programing.  

Longtime South Plainfield resident Jay Edmondson expressed the sentiment most people did statewide.  “They are just money makers,” said Edmondson.  He went on to explain how Arizona removed the cameras when the state saw an increase in accidents.

Based on the increase in accidents, South Plainfield Mayor Matt Anesh has announced that he plans to introduce a resolution Tuesday night asking the state’s Department of Transportation to require Piscataway and Middlesex County to remove the cameras.  Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan pledged to support the effort, as well as vote against the cameras when the legislature revisits them next year.

The Alternative Press of South Plainfield contacted Piscataway Mayor Brian Wahler and Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald Rios for comment but neither responded.  Both Piscataway and Middlesex County receive a portion of the $85 fine.     

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