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Mavis Discount Tire Grand Opening May 23rd in South Plainfield

May 20, 2015

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Mavis Discount Tire announces a Grand Opening Event on Saturday, May 23rd from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. They are located at 6801 Hadley Road in South Plainfield, NJ, next to ...

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Mayor's Wellness Corner

Mayor's Wellness Corner

JFK Health Sponsors South Plainfield’s Spring Health and Fitness Fair

May 21, 2015

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Senior Center looked more like JFK Medical Center, as residents lined-up to participate in the Mayor’s Wellness Committee’s Spring ...

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Letters to Editor

In the Schools

In The Schools

Roosevelt School Hosts Annual Spelling Bee

May 20, 2015

Roosevelt Elementary School Spelling Bee winners with their trophies: Bottom row (kneeling - left to right): Pranshu Suyal, Devin Awer, Eva Sharma, Sameera Patoliya, Veda Ganesan, Jayden ...

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Featured Business Listing

Community Announcements

Washington College Salutes Class of 2015 Graduate Sarah Roibal

May 22, 2015

CHESTERTOWN, MD (05/21/2015)(readMedia)-- On Saturday, May 16, 2015, Washington College held its 232nd commencement ceremonies. Sarah Roibal of S. Plainfield, NJ graduated with a BS in biology and ...

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Community Life

Community Life

First Baptist Church Adopts Church Street

May 18, 2015

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Church Trustee Joseph Cabanas, on behalf of the First Baptist Church of South Plainfield, has signed an agreement with the South Plainfield Clean Business Association to ...

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Today's Events

Columns

South Plainfield Library

Bookmarks

As most of you know, our children’s room closed as part of our ongoing expansion of the library, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any kids books to checkout.  We do have a ...

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Jeffrey Strauss, Esq.

Timing is Everything

As a personal injury and malpractice lawyer, I have found that timing is everything.  When it comes to personal injury in particular, there are very specific time limitations in terms of when ...

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Cooking With Craig

Roasted Portobello Mushrooms with Spinach, Cream Cheese, and Sage

I thought I would stick with another easy vegetable recipe this week.  Like last week, this recipe is both delicious and easy to make.  It’s versatile as you can play with the ...

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Health Tips from Doctors Express

Listeria in the News

You may be taking a break from some of your favorite snacks lately, due to recent concerns over listeria bacteria in food products.  A food-borne, bacterial infection most often passed ...

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Beth's Book Review

The Murder of Marilyn Monroe: Case Closed

EDISON, NJ - I have been a true crime “junkie” since Truman Capote published the first “non-fiction novel,” the incomparable In Cold Blood in 1965. For seven years Capote ...

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South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203

Knights Of Columbus Substance Abuse Awareness Contest Winners Announced

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Tuesday night, May 19, 2015, prior to the bi-monthly meeting of the Knights of Columbus, South Plainfield Council, #6203, the first place winners of the Substance Abuse ...

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News from Assemblyman Diegnan

Teacher Appreciation Week

As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, we should all take time to acknowledge the great contributions educators make in classrooms and communities.  Our state is fortunate to be ...

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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.