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Alerts from South Plainfield Police Department

The South Plainfield Police Department is requesting that residents be vigilant in protecting themselves from becoming a victim of a fraudulent scam that has been increasing in New Jersey during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The suspects have been targeting the elderly as their potential victims. The crime usually starts out with an unsolicited phone call by the suspect to the victim.  The suspect misrepresents themselves as being either a Police Officer, Bail Bondsman, Lawyer, or other agency member that sounds legitimate.  The ...

Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak

TRENTON, NJ: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has brought wide sectors of the economy to a halt, Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak (NJ-18) is introducing a bill to extend property tax deadlines to provide relief to property taxpayers. This extension will help taxpayers weather the economic freeze and prevent a negative impact to their long-term credit profiles. This legislation will extend the property tax deadline to July 15, 2020, matching the federal and state income tax extension.  This crisis has affected and will continue to affect ...

Beth's Book Review

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben. (Grand Central Publishing, 2020)   A feral child, a missing teenage girl, and a wise-cracking, sharp-tongued television criminal attorney, and her teenage grandson, Matthew, are the central characters of Harlan Coben’s newest best-seller, The Boy from the Woods. They, along with other characters in the novel, make for a fun and unpredictable read.   An article in the North Jersey Gazette published on April 18, 1986, revealed the following news: Westville, N.J. - In one of ...

Borough Notifications

Spring 2020 Recreation Program Refunds: For those who replied to the email request, refund checks will be mailed out tomorrow! Thank you for your patience 😁 If you did not receive an email OR did not reply yet, please email us at recsupport@southplainfieldnj.com

Dad in the Box

The unofficial start to summer has begun and people are emerging gingerly from their Covid-free lairs like bears from hibernation. And after months living in quarantine without pants or haircuts, the question on all of our minds as we contemplate going out in public is, how is this supposed to work? Here are some useful etiquette tips to help you open up this summer. There seems to be so much controversy over wearing masks outdoors. What are some of the do’s and don'ts? It is summer. You want to look your best. Don’t ...

From the Office of Mayor Matthew P. Anesh

South Plainfield– South Plainfield has been notified that eight individuals have tested positive for COVID-19. These eight residents bring the total number of positive cases to 38. The increasing cases are expected as the total number of positive cases throughout the State has increased. Please continue practicing social distancing and limit gathering in our effort to flatten the curve. The individuals that tested positive are all under self-quarantine and are as follows: 33 Year-old ...

Health Matters

Overlook Medical Center celebrated the work of the dedicated EMS first responders throughout the communities it serves with awards, gifts and other recognition as part of the national EMS Week, May 18–22. “The first responders throughout our region have been our steadfast partners through the height of the pandemic, and their collaboration in caring for our patients during this event has only deepened our appreciation for them,” said Christopher Amalfitano, MD, chairman of the emergency department at Overlook. “As ...

Mayor's Wellness

South Plainfield’s resident Bill Winters, who is a Fairleigh Dickinson University “Hall of Fame” inductee in 2016,  as the University’s Quarter Back, has always been an athlete in training since he was very young and involved in sports.  In July 2019, Bill began training for a half marathon which was held Jersey City.  On Sunday, October 25, 2019, Bill completed the half marathon.  It is very important for Bill to continually attend the gym to work out multiple times a week.  You can see Bill ...

News from Freeholder Director Rios

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - “COVID-19 has caused suffering in communities across the globe and upended our way of lives. I wish I could say Middlesex County is immune to the immense impact of the disease, but I cannot. It is with great sorrow that I report that the disease has claimed the life of one of our own – a Middlesex County resident – a female in her 90s. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and friends. While we grieve as a community, we must remember that this is not a time to panic, but a ...

Previewing the Big Game

MIAMI – As Radio Row comes to a close with our best day yet, we are all reminiscing on the hours we have dedicated to journalism this week. On Friday, Radio Row was swarmed with fans all anxious to see their favorite celebrities and athletes being interviewed. As we looked around, we realized how lucky we were to be standing just inches from some of the most idolized individuals in their industries. Before noon, we were able to meet Lil Nas X, Katie Couric, MC Hammer and Tiki Barber. These interactions made us even that more ...

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan

Three pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick Diegnan aimed at addressing the economic impacts of the Coronavirus were unanimously passed by the State Senate on March 19. S2300 Automatically extends the time to file income and corporate tax return. No penalties or interest will be imposed if a taxpayer files a return by the end of the fiscal year, June 30. This legislation joins with federal action which also extends filing of federal tax returns. S2290 Allows corporations to hold shareholder meetings by remote ...

South Plainfield Elks Lodge 2298

On January 11, 2020 the chair of Youth Activities, Bill Seesselberg from the South Plainfield Elks Lodge No. 2298 was proud to present to Eagle Scout Wyatt R. Gerber a citation to commemorate Wyatt's accomplishment of obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout. As a resident of South Plainfield and a member of Troop 309, he restored flowerbeds in the 18,000 square foot Henry S. Chatfield Memorial Garden in Roselle, N.J.  Wyatt's ceremony took place at the Wesley Methodist Church in South Plainfield and the South Plainfield Elks Lodge was ...

South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club

The South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club (SPJBC) will be having In Person Registration Signups on Friday January 17th  from 6-9pm and Saturday January 18th  from 9am to 1pm at the SPJBC Clubhouse on Lorraine Ave Any Children ages 5 – 18 years old can sign up to play.  If you child is in Kindergarten they are eligible to play at the South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club You can also sign your kids up online at the SPJBC Website:  http://www.leaguelineup.com/spjbc or ...

South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203

The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203 saves the day for a local resident   Fellow Knights member Gerry Butrico was contacted by local South Plainfield resident Nancy Guarraci, asking for help assembling and installing a wheel chair lift that she purchased for her husband who is wheelchair bound.   The Knights sprang into action and took on the task and completed the lift installation in just one afternoon.   The following Knights members and friends helped build the lift: Peter and Ian ...

South Plainfield Library

Well, here in the Garden State, we’re slightly less locked down than we have been over the past few weeks.  And, while the South Plainfield Library building remains closed, our staff is still pretty active on your behalf.  We’re still able to provide services (like e-books, library cards and databases) and present programs for our patrons, if only via technology.  (And just a reminder that most of the programs are accessible via Zoom, so you’ll need to sign up for the service.  Contact us via the relevant ...

SPHS Athlete of the Week

The South Plainfield High School Wrestling Team had a successful weekend as they competed at the NJSIAA State Wrestling Tournament in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The Tigers sent down three wrestlers to the tournament and placed two of them in the top 8 of their weight class to earn All-State honors.  Tommy Renna placed 7th, while junior captain Anthony White earned a 4th place finish in a very tough 132lb bracket. Anthony White finished his junior campaign with a 41-2 record.  He won the Morris Knolls, Greater Middlesex ...

Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield

The Suburban Woman’s Club has had to cancel all of its fundraising activities so far this year, however, club members have not stood by idly.  The Boyle Memorial Foundation, for example, raised $2,000 to purchase gift cards to Shop Rite, as well as paper products and other necessities.  These were distributed to needy families in South Plainfield.     To date, members created 70 masks using material supplied by JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores. These masks were donated to hospital workers in our state.  ...

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Coronavirus Pandemic Adds to the Admiration as Hospital Honors Local EMS Members

Overlook Medical Center celebrated the work of the dedicated EMS first responders throughout the communities it serves with awards, gifts and other recognition as part of the national EMS Week, May 18–22.

“The first responders throughout our region have been our steadfast partners through the height of the pandemic, and their collaboration in caring for our patients during this ...

Obituaries

South Plainfield, NJ – Robert S. Harrison, known to many as Bob, passed away at the age of 83 ...
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Letters to the Editor

MCSBA Unsung Hero Recognition Event

May 28, 2020

Letter to the Editor:

The Middlesex County School Boards Association and Association of School Administrators hosted the 34th Annual Student Recognition in-person Program honoring Outstanding Juniors and Seniors in the Middlesex County High Schools in 2019, with over 400 attendants.  The program began 34 years ago headed by Mark Finkelstein who is presently the Superintendent at Middlesex ...

Boyle Memorial Foundation: COVID19 Donations Update

Letter To The Editor

The Boyle Memorial Foundation and Shirley Thompson continue to partner to help the South Plainfield Families in need and continue to help raise funds for our frontline workers, especially at a time of uncertainty amid the COVID19 pandemic.  Monetary donations are being accepted via check or Venmo at this time due to “Social Distancing”  constraints ...

Community Happenings

Middlesex County Unsung Hero Program Honors South Plainfield High School Students Olivia Olano and Drew Rachwal for Selfless Acts at School and in the Community

May 27, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – South Plainfield High School (SPHS) students Olivia Olano and Andrew “Drew” Rachwal were chosen as 2020 Middlesex County Unsung Hero award recipients.  For 35 years, the Middlesex County School Boards Association along with Middlesex County Association of School Administrators have recognized high school juniors and seniors who make outstanding ...

Middlesex County Unsung Hero Program Honors South Plainfield High School Students Olivia Olano and Drew Rachwal for Selfless Acts at School and in the Community

May 27, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – South Plainfield High School (SPHS) students Olivia Olano and Andrew “Drew” Rachwal were chosen as 2020 Middlesex County Unsung Hero award recipients.  For 35 years, the Middlesex County School Boards Association along with Middlesex County Association of School Administrators have recognized high school juniors and seniors who make outstanding ...

Hometown Hero Program Honors Veterans with Banners Lining Plainfield Ave. and Hamilton Blvd.

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – To honor and recognize those who have proudly served and died in combat for the United States of America, the Hometown Hero Banner Committee has mounted banners along Plainfield Avenue to honor the fallen heroes.  The endeavor was implemented in September 2019 by the Borough of South Plainfield, in partnership with American Legion Chaumont Post 243, VFW ...

Memorial Day Salute - South Plainfield Council Asks Residents to Take a Collective Pause to Honor Veterans on Monday at 10a.m.

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – During the May 18 Council meeting, Councilman Derryck White proposed that South Plainfield residents stand outside their homes on Monday, May 25 at 10a.m. to honor veterans in their own way.  White suggested reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and playing or singing the Star-Spangled Banner.  Those who cannot go outside are asked to take a moment of ...

News from Recreation

Spring 2020 Recreation Program Refunds:
For those who replied to the email request, refund checks will be mailed out tomorrow!
Thank you for your patience 😁

If you did not receive an email OR did not reply yet, please email us at recsupport@southplainfieldnj.com

Columns

The Boy From the Woods

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben. (Grand Central Publishing, 2020)

 

A feral child, a missing teenage girl, and a wise-cracking, sharp-tongued television criminal attorney, and her teenage grandson, Matthew, are the central characters of Harlan Coben’s newest best-seller, The Boy from the Woods. They, along with other characters in the novel, make for a fun and ...

Bookmarks

Well, here in the Garden State, we’re slightly less locked down than we have been over the past few weeks.  And, while the South Plainfield Library building remains closed, our staff is still pretty active on your behalf.  We’re still able to provide services (like e-books, library cards and databases) and present programs for our patrons, if only via technology.  (And ...

Press Releases

South Plainfield Debutante Seeks Public's Help With Fundraiser

May 29, 2020

       During this Pandemic, I understand first hand how important it is to help others. Just last week, my mother and I donated masks to Menlo Park Veterans Home for the essential workers because this is what we need to do , help one another. I am currently seeking assistance in my fundraising efforts.

I am Alexis Robinson, and I am a senior at South Plainfield High ...

New Jersey to Launch Online Grocery Shopping for SNAP Recipients

(TRENTON) –  New Jerseyans enrolled in the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be able to use their benefits to order groceries online starting next week.  Online shopping will be available through Amazon and participating Walmarts, ShopRites and The Fresh Grocers.

NJ SNAP recipients will be able to use their benefits card to order groceries from ...

Congratulate Your Graduate with Milestones on TAPinto

Graduation season is upon us and that means celebrating your graduate’s accomplishments and honors.  TAPinto Milestones gives you an easy and affordable way to honor your graduate.  You can submit a note of congratulations, highlight achievements and submit photos.  Your Milestone post will be posted on the TAPinto site of your choosing and stay there forever.  ...