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South Plainfield Volunteer Litter Cleanup Week a Big Success

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Girl Scout Troop 65042 made a clean sweep of the Borough open space parcel on Wooden Avenue. Credits: D. Metz
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During the week of April 15-22, South Plainfield citizens came together to shake off winter and welcome spring.  This year marks the 30th anniversary of the New Jersey Clean Communities Act.  South Plainfield has received a grant every year to fund the many aspects of the Borough’s litter prevention programs.  Volunteer Litter Cleanup Week is a signature event in South Plainfield’s Clean Communities Calendar.

This year, more than 170 volunteers showed up on Saturday, April 15 to remove accumulated litter and trash from the Borough’s roadsides, parks, open spaces and municipal facilities.  Scout troops, families, students, non-profit organizations; businesses, politicians, community service workers – all sectors of the Borough were represented. They filled 265 orange trash bags with litter and recyclables.  They cleaned 8 miles of roadside and 90 acres of parks and woods at 37 different locations.  As of this writing, reports had not come in yet from groups that worked later in the week.

The amount of litter around town seemed unusually bad this year.  The turnout was not quite as strong as last year, when a gorgeous spring day drew a record number of volunteers, but the people who came to work last week got the job done.   The piles of orange bags around town bore witness to the dedication of the volunteers as well as to the thoughtlessness of fellow citizens who leave litter for others to clean up. The Borough’s Road Department made quick work of collecting the trash.

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The post-cleanup Pickup Picnic was set up in borough hall.  The South Plainfield Green Team’s table in the lobby had information about keeping litter out of the storm drains, and car emissions out of the air.  An environmental quiz carnival wheel was an added attraction in the Court Room.  Cleanup volunteers had a chance to spin the wheel and answer the question that came up under their number.  Those who answered correctly received an environmentally friendly prize such as a recycled-content notebook or wrist band. The wheel was staffed by Mayor Anesh and educator Dave Street, who took turns sharing environmental insights and humor. 

Councilmembers, members of the Environmental Commission and of the Clean Communities Advisory Board served pizza, sandwiches and soda to the hungry workers.  The McCriskin-Gustafson Funeral Home donated the pizza from Bruno’s Pizza Factory again this year.  Charlie and Debbie Kurland of HomeTown Heros provided two large plates of sandwiches. There was more than enough food for all.  A free raffle of potted tree seedlings entertained the volunteers.

Groups that participated in Cleanup Week included: Adopt-A-Spotters South Plainfield Business Association, the Roseo Family, South Plainfield Lions Club, Stillman Photography Services, and the Bourbeau Family.  Scouts included Girl Scout Troops 65042, 65136, 65199, and 65167 and Boy Scout Troops 124, 207 and 309. Non-profits and other organizations included the Middlesex County Labor Assistance Program, the South Plainfield Democratic Organization, the South Plainfield Republican Organization, the South Plainfield Environmental Commission, the NJ Buddha Cultural Center, the High School National Honor Society, and the Nu Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Harris Realty and Servpro joined Stillman Photography Services as participating members of the business community. Then there were the thirty-five or so unaffiliated residents who came out during a spring week to help keep their community a great place to live.

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Letters to the Editor

South Plainfield Special Athletes Have Great Showing in This Year's State Games

June 22, 2018

Tyler is one of many athletes from South Plainfield who competed in this year's State Games, held at the college of New Jersey. This was Tyler's third year competing, but the first year where Tyler won a gold medal in, in both the long jump and mini javelin. We are proud of all the athletes who represented South Plainfield and the coaching staff.

Community Happenings

Mayor, Council Proclaim 'Amateur Radio Week’ in the Borough of South Plainfield

June 22, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ- At a June 18 meeting, South Plainfield Mayor Matt Anesh and the Borough Council proclaimed June 17 through June 23 as ‘Amateur Radio Week’ and asked all residents to extend their appreciation and respect to the community’s  amateur radio operators.

South Plainfield Amateur Radio Club (SPARC) will be participating in the American Radio Relay ...

South Plainfield Elks Honor Students of the Month

June 18, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Tuesday, June 12, the South Plainfield Elks honored the winners of the Grant School Character Education Monthly Pillars.  The students and their families were treated to a pasta dinner cooked and served by the Elks Youth Activities Committee and the students were given Junior Citizen of the Month Certificates.

The winners were as follows: 

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Holy Savior Academy’s Championship Cheerleaders Seek Funds for New Equipment

June 18, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Holy Savior Academy Cheerleading Squad has kicked off a fundraiser to generate $5,500 for the purchase of much-needed equipment, such as new tumble mats, sound equipment, and more for the award-winning squad.

“The group of twelve girls range from 1st through 4th grades,” said parent Marybeth Parache, who is heading up efforts to raise funds.  ...

Wrestling Ring Presentation

June 20, 2018

The South Plainfield High School Wrestling Team,  who have earned the title of “Three Peat Champs”,  received their State rings on Sunday, June 10, 2018.  Presentation of the rings an plaques were given by SPHS Wrestling Coach Pavlack an assistant coaches.   Funding  for the rings were donated by the South Plainfield Wrestling Club,  who has been one of ...

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Weinberg, Diegnan Bill to Establish University-Based Consortium on Media Innovation Advances

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South Plainfield and SP BOE Working Together to Strengthen School Security

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A friend, whose opinion on literature I respect greatly, reported to me recently that she had just finished reading A.J. Finn's debut novel, The Woman in the Window. Of it she said, “I wish I hadn't finished it,” which I interpreted to mean, “It was so good I'm sorry that I finished it.” ...

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The South Plainfield Public Library will be open this Sunday, June 24 from 1:30 PM – 5 PM.  This is the last Sunday the library will be open until September.  During July and August, the library will be closed on Sundays, but the rest of the hours during the week will remain the same.

Come join us Monday, June 25 at 6:30 PM for Monday Night Movies.  The selection this week ...

Suburban Woman’s Club Ends Its Year with a Big Banquet

Our country has a long and rich history of service clubs contributing to the growth of their communities but there have been signs in the past two decades that interest in these groups is waning.  Not so at Suburban Woman’s Club of South Plainfield.  Thanks to the efforts of Membership Chair Grace Bertucci, this past year seven new members joined this relatively small group of ...

Press Releases

SPARC RECEIVES PROCLAMATION & GETS READY FOR ARRL ANNUAL FIELD DAY

June 22, 2018

SPARC RECEIVES PROCLAMATION & GETS READY FOR ARRL ANNUAL FIELD DAY

The Borough of South Plainfield has issued the South Plainfield Amateur Radio Club(SPARC) a Proclamation at Borough Hall, on June 18,2018 at 7 PM.

The Proclamation is honoring the annual ARRL Amateur Radio Week, June 18th through June 24th and the amateur radio operators nationwide for their public service to the ...

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