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Alerts from South Plainfield Police Department

SOUTH PLAINFIELD/EDISON, NJ - 49-year-old Gregory Green of Edison, NJ, was arrested at his home on Monday, March 14th, 2022, without incident. Green allegedly broke into over 19 commercial businesses throughout South Plainfield, Edison and Metuchen dating back to early 2019. While committing the burglaries, Green would break or remove the windows and doors of the businesses, take cash and business checks and then flee the area, usually into the woods or nearby train tracks. 41-year-old Ishawn Redd assisted Green with numerous burglaries ...

Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak

It’s been well reported that New Jersey’s consumers and businesses continue to struggle with supply chain disruptions and historic inflation, causing job loss in many manufacturing sectors. A major culprit is the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum, imposed by President Donald Trump in 2018. They continue to harm the state’s economy, negatively affecting New Jersey consumers and businesses alike. Now is the time to remove these business-killing tariffs, particularly on aluminum imports, to create a sustainable supply ...

Beth's Book Review

Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases  by Paul Holes with Robin Gaby Fisher. (Celadon, 2022)   Let’s start with this fact. I didn’t sleep for two nights while reading Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases by retired detective Paul Holes and Robin Gaby Fisher. Although the book is an autobiography about Holes’ life as an investigator of some of America’s most infamous crimes, it reads like a compelling novel, and I raced to its satisfying finish in the darkest hours before ...

Borough Notifications

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Part-time opportunity to be a paid member of South Plainfield’s Clean Neighborhood Program. As a Clean Neighborhood Program Aide you will be responsible for the removal of signs in the Borough right-of-way, garage sale signs from utility poles road debris and other assignments that help towards the beautification of South Plainfield. A self-starter, mission-driven individual is key. The position requires a valid New Jersey driver’s license and allows for a flexible schedule. Interested individuals should ...

Career Talk

With the end of the school year approaching, many high school students are seeing their friends’ social media feeds flooded with photos of college acceptance letters.  The pressure to go to a four-year college immediately after high school is intense, and many kids are applying to colleges simply because they think they are supposed to go.  But what if college is not a good fit for you or your child?    The truth is, college isn’t right for everyone. The upfront investment is high, as tuition has ...

Creating NJ’s Premier Academic Medical Center

New Brunswick, NJ – New Brunswick Mayor James M. Cahill has thrown his support behind the transaction between Saint Peter’s HealthCare System (“Saint Peter’s”) and RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”), which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick. “Today, New Brunswick residents in need of the extraordinary care provided by a premier AMC either travel out-of-state to New York City or Philadelphia or forgo care at a premier AMC ...

Dad in the Box

May 20th is World Metrology Day. I am counting down the hours on an atomic clock which is accurate to 1 second in 10 million years. Metrology is the scientific development of systems of measure. Unlike Meteorology, the study of weather, you don’t have to be chipper and TV good looking to study Metrology. You do have to have geekish tendencies and more degrees than a thermometer, because Metrology as a science is way beyond building a better yard stick. The reigning world body for Metrology is the International Bureau of Weights ...

Dress for Success Northern NJ Happenings

*NOTE VENUE CHANGE* DATE AND LOCATION:  Hennessy Hall (the Mansion) Fairleigh Dickinson University 1 Mansion Mall Madison, NJ 07940 Friday, June 3rd, 2022 from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm There will be fabulous designer purse bingo, tricky tray raffle, 50/50 raffle, dessert, AND door prizes!

From the Office of Mayor Matthew P. Anesh

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Monday evening the Borough Council passed a resolution expanding the Ambulatory Service agreement with RWJ Barnabus Health. This was not an easy decision by the Governing Body. The Borough moved to daytime ambulatory coverage 7am – 7pm over a decade ago. Originally, the contract was with Somerset Medical Center because of the challenge of attracting volunteers and coverage during the day. The vast majority of emergency calls in the Borough have been handled by outside third-party networks ever since the ...

Health Matters

Prostate cancer is dangerous – right? The disease remains the number one solid organ cancer diagnosis among men in the United States, with more than 248,000 newly diagnosed cases each year. Yet while there can be great differences in how prostate cancer affects each patient, there’s little debate that it is important to monitor for the disease. Urologist Naeem Rahman, MD, part of Atlantic Medical Group Urology in Summit and Bridgewater, clears up some of the misconceptions around prostate cancer:  Q: Isn’t prostate ...

Jersey First

On November 4, 2020, Governor Murphy instituted a ban on single-use bags and styrofoam containers with the support of the majority of the state legislature. The ban went into effect at restaurants and grocery stores as of May 4, 2022.  As a result, customers either need to use reusable bags or carry their items loose to and from the checkout line. New Jersey is the first state in the country to enact a ban this expansive.  While this policy has good intentions, there are some flaws in the bag ban. The goal of the bag ban is noble- ...

Looking Forward

Hi everyone. Today we’ll again discuss something that directly affects a significant percentage of the estimated 1.2 BILLION people around the world who have disabilities. If you are not one of these individuals, odds are they are one of your family members or friends. I’m speaking about those who have “invisible” disabilities. In other words, they don’t use an assistive device, like a cane or wheelchair. This means that most of us have no idea of the challenges these people deal with day after day, not even ...

News from Middlesex County Commissioner Director Ronald G. Rios

March is designated as National Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation. Some of us may not know the origins of this national celebration which signifies the importance of recognizing the sacrifices and contributions made by women throughout the history of America.   National Women’s History Month began as Women’s History Week which was established by the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women in California when it was noted that women’s contributions to ...

NJ TRANSIT: Working hard for you

NEW JERSEY - COVID-19 temporarily slowed transit ridership, but it did not slow NJ TRANSIT from continuing to improve service and the customer experience for its customers. According to NJ TRANSIT reports, the quest to make improvements to infrastructure and other projects has resulted in NJ TRANSIT advancing over $4 billion to enhance system performance and add new vehicles to the fleet since 2018. Major capital projects that will positively impact millions of riders each year are at the top of the list of planned improvements for NJ ...

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan

SOUTH PLAINFIELD/EDISON, NJ - A bridge slated for replacement in Edison along a stretch of Oak Tree Road that connects the township with South Plainfield is the focus of a New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) virtual information session. The session, formerly known as a Public Information Center (PIC), is being conducted online today through April 1 at oaktreeroadoverconrail.com. The PIC affords all members of the public – including local residents, business owners, and government officials – an opportunity to ...

Senior Corner

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – After a more than two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the South Plainfield Senior Center's 'Gracefully Made' craft program is back. Run for members by member Grace McGinnis, the program meets every Friday at 10 a.m. and offers seniors the opportunity to put their creative talents to work.  "'Gracefully Made' is in full swing at the senior center and this group couldn’t wait to get back to business following the pandemic," said Tree Olano, the senior ...

South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club

The SPBJC’s 8U travel team, Surge, played this past weekend in the USABL one day Easter Battle Tournament in Hamilton, NJ.  In game 1 of pool play, CJ Rebels took an early 3-0 lead.  The boys fought hard and started a comeback but the time limit cut them short at 3-2.   Next up in pool play were NY Prospects.  Surge did not waste any time, they jumped out to an 11-0 lead and never looked back. They would win game 2, 11-1.  Giving up only 4 total runs in both games earned them a trip to the championship ...

South Plainfield Library

Now that the weather has finally warmed up, we’re ready to celebrate Holi. Learn more about the Hindu festival of colors on Saturday, May 21 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. We’ll have colorful crafts, games and snacks for the whole family. Join us outside the library and prepare for messy fun. Advance registration is requested.  We also have tons of children’s programming happening all week long. On Monday May 23, we’ll be hosting out S.T.E.A.M. Troop program. Drop in anytime between 3:30 - 5:00 pm for an afternoon of ...

SPHS Athlete of the Week

The South Plainfield Softball team is having a great run in their county tournament.  This week they beat the tenth seed Colonia 10-3 in the first round to set up a third meeting with division winner Metuchen.  The Lady Tigers won a tough 4-3 victory to advance to the semi-finals this coming Saturday.  Freshman Nicole Swatko has been a major contributor to the success this season.  Nicole picked up two wins in the county tournament while hitting over .400 on the week.  She accumulated five hits for the week and had ...

Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield

Our species evolved about three hundred thousand years ago and we began our migration out of Africa about one hundred thousand years ago. But it was not until the Industrial Revolution, a mere two hundred years ago, that we began our inexorable march of progress toward a more advanced technological society. It was also at that time that our impact on Earth’s climate began by the burning of fossil fuels to support growing industries. This has greatly enhanced the “greenhouse effect.” In keeping with the club’s mission ...

TAPinto Insider

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen. When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time. "I say this to all of my advertisers. You're not just placing an ad on TAP, we're going to help you brand your business and we're going to tell your ...

The Falcon's Nest

METUCHEN, NJ -- There was very little doubt in Aayush Agnihotri’s mind when it came to choosing where he wanted to attend high school. Aside from the wide array of academic offerings and extracurricular activities, there was a deeper connection to Saint Joseph High School that only a select few understand - the legacy connection.  After seeing his older brother, Aniket (Saint Joe’s Class of 2019) flourish at the private, catholic college preparatory school, Aayush knew he wanted to follow in his brother’s footsteps ...

Updates and Ideas from Assemblyman Sterley Stanley

NEW JERSEY ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 18 - One of the many questions I am asked by constituents is how a law is created in the legislature and signed by the Governor. Growing up how many of you have watched Schoolhouse Rock in between cartoons on Saturday mornings? Those short 3 to 4-minute cartoons would teach us a lot. Anyone who has not, should watch them. One of my favorites is “I am just a Bill”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgVKvqTItto      Today, I am going to explain the process for how an idea or ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge News

EDISON, NJ --Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison created a wonderful array of art to display at last week’s first in-person Middle School Art Show since 2019.  Miss Tanda Tucker’s students presented a variety of works, including Illuminate Letters, Zentangle Shadow Portraits, Quote 1/2 Portrait Paintings, Cubist Self-Portraits, Sonia Delaunay Prism Watercolors, Chagall Dreamscapes, Klimt Inspired Gilded Trees, Ribbon Drawings, Color Theory Abstractions, Capstone Accordion ...

Your Real Estate Source

Check out 831 Grandview Ave in Westfield; this colonial in the Manor Park neighborhood won’t last long. With a new outdoor staircase leading to the enclosed front porch, a new roof, and other updates since 2021, you’re getting modern living with classic character. From the porch, you’ll step in to the sun filled living room with bay windows that flows into the updated kitchen with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. The first floor also contains a half bathroom and a formal dining room. On the second floor ...

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New Brunswick Mayor Cahill Urges Approval of RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – New Brunswick Mayor James M. Cahill has thrown his support behind the transaction between Saint Peter’s HealthCare System (“Saint Peter’s”) and RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”), which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick.

“Today, New Brunswick residents in need ...

NJ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey ("SHCCNJ") threw its support behind the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and St. Peter's HealthCare System, which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick. 

In a letter to the Federal Trade ...

African American Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBH Transaction with St. Peters

New Brunswick, NJ – Access to quality medical care in New Jersey is vital to underserved populations. That's why the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (“AACCNJ”) announced its support for the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New Brunswick, which will lead to the creation of New ...

RWJBarnabas Health, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Vision to Create NJ’s First Premier Academic Medical Center Gets State Approval

New Brunswick, NJ – RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System (“Saint Peter’s”) announced that the State of New Jersey has approved their transaction to create New Jersey’s first premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) located in New Brunswick.

“This is a tremendous milestone in a years-long ...

Home of the Week: 831 Grandview Ave., Westfield, NJ 07090

Check out 831 Grandview Ave in Westfield; this colonial in the Manor Park neighborhood won’t last long. With a new outdoor staircase leading to the enclosed front porch, a new roof, and other updates since 2021, you’re getting modern living with classic character. From the porch, you’ll step in to the sun filled living room with bay windows that flows into the updated kitchen ...

The Bag Ban- Best of Intentions

On November 4, 2020, Governor Murphy instituted a ban on single-use bags and styrofoam containers with the support of the majority of the state legislature. The ban went into effect at restaurants and grocery stores as of May 4, 2022.  As a result, customers either need to use reusable bags or carry their items loose to and from the checkout line. New Jersey is the first state in the country ...

Oh Mickey!

Disney has waded into the culture wars, openly opposing Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act. In response, the Florida Legislature is working to remove Disney’s special taxation status in Florida. Here is everything you need to know:


Reinforcing Parental Rights: The Parental Rights in Education Act is not, contrary to cries from the left, a bill banning the discussion ...

The Athlete of the Week: Nicole Swatko Softball Pitcher/Designated Player

The South Plainfield Softball team is having a great run in their county tournament.  This week they beat the tenth seed Colonia 10-3 in the first round to set up a third meeting with division winner Metuchen.  The Lady Tigers won a tough 4-3 victory to advance to the semi-finals this coming Saturday.  Freshman Nicole Swatko has been a major contributor to the success this ...

The Athlete of the Week: Sydney Loiacono Spring Track Thrower

Senior Sydney Loiacono has started her 12th grade track season with fantastic results.  So far, Sydney, has broken all of last year’s personal bests, brought home medals at every weekend event, and topped the GMCs in the Discus Relay with teammates Madelynn and Catherine Pfeiffer.  Sydney continues to grow in her main event, shot put, as well as in the javelin and ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Present Middle School Art Show

EDISON, NJ --Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison created a wonderful array of art to display at last week’s first in-person Middle School Art Show since 2019. 

Miss Tanda Tucker’s students presented a variety of works, including Illuminate Letters, Zentangle Shadow Portraits, Quote 1/2 Portrait Paintings, Cubist Self-Portraits, ...

Obituaries

Nohemy Zamora, 86 passed away on Monday, May 16, 2022 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at ...
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Press Releases

Studies of the Future: Clinical Trials for Breast Cancer at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

May 18, 2022

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, in Livingston, has been at the forefront of the treatment of breast cancer for decades. One way the hospital maintains its reputation as one of the best in the tri-state area is by participating in clinical trials, which are research studies that help determine if a new drug would be effective in treating a specific condition. In partnership with Rutgers ...

Summer is here and ready for a Memorable 2022 in the LBI Region

LBI Region, Nj - After a soggy Spring, everyone is looking to heat things up for Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional start of summer along the Jersey Coast. The weather is just one of many reasons to take a quick trip to 18 miles of beautiful beaches, scenic bays, and of course legendary Pinelands. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, which operates a year-round visitor center in Ship ...

Jeff Works - South Plainfield, NJ: Launches New, Comprehensive Plan for Co-Working Experience

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., May 2022 – Jeff Works, a new, incredibly affordable co-working space for remote workers, recently opened its doors in South Plainfield, NJ with a flexible, convenient and affordable Hot Desk plan, all managed from your smart phone.  Now, the South Plainfield Hadley Center location announces the new Dedicated Desk plan. based on ...

Letters to the Editor

Community Happenings

South Plainfield Resident Sujan Puar Brings Home the Silver

May 12, 2022

Sujan Puar resident of South Plainfield participated in the 2022 National Senior Games held in Fort Lauderdale Florida, May 10-May 12, 2022.  Sujan participated in the 80-84 age group.

He was awarded the following:

Silver Medal in 1500 Meter Race Walk

Silver Medal in 1500 Meter Power Walk

Silver Medal in 5 K Race Walk

Milestones

Kenneth Welch graduates from University of the Cumberlands

May 19, 2022

WILLIAMSBURG, KY -- University of the Cumberlands would like to congratulate Kenneth Welch of Piscataway, NJ, on their graduation from Cumberlands! Kenneth completed their Master of Arts in Christian Studies.

University of the Cumberlands held commencement ceremonies recently to celebrate its newest graduates. Participants in this year's commencement ceremonies included graduates from 49 ...

Saint Joe's Valedictorian Credits Extracurricular Activities for His Academic Success

METUCHEN, NJ -- There was very little doubt in Aayush Agnihotri’s mind when it came to choosing where he wanted to attend high school. Aside from the wide array of academic offerings and extracurricular activities, there was a deeper connection to Saint Joseph High School that only a select few understand - the legacy connection. 

After seeing his older brother, Aniket (Saint ...

Making The World Better Place for Nearly a BILLION People

Hi everyone. Today we’ll again discuss something that directly affects a significant percentage of the estimated 1.2 BILLION people around the world who have disabilities. If you are not one of these individuals, odds are they are one of your family members or friends.

I’m speaking about those who have “invisible” disabilities. In other words, they don’t use an ...

Part Time Position Available in the Borough of South Plainfield

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Part-time opportunity to be a paid member of South Plainfield’s Clean Neighborhood Program. As a Clean Neighborhood Program Aide you will be responsible for the removal of signs in the Borough right-of-way, garage sale signs from utility poles road debris and other assignments that help towards the beautification of South Plainfield. A self-starter, ...

The facts are clear about prostate cancer – and what you can do about it

Prostate cancer is dangerous – right? The disease remains the number one solid organ cancer diagnosis among men in the United States, with more than 248,000 newly diagnosed cases each year. Yet while there can be great differences in how prostate cancer affects each patient, there’s little debate that it is important to monitor for the disease.

Urologist Naeem Rahman, MD, part of ...

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Columns

Unmasked: My Life Solving Cold Cases by Paul Holes

Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases  by Paul Holes with Robin Gaby Fisher. (Celadon, 2022)

 

Let’s start with this fact. I didn’t sleep for two nights while reading Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases by retired detective Paul Holes and Robin Gaby Fisher. Although the book is an autobiography about Holes’ life as an investigator ...

Bookmarks

Now that the weather has finally warmed up, we’re ready to celebrate Holi. Learn more about the Hindu festival of colors on Saturday, May 21 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. We’ll have colorful crafts, games and snacks for the whole family. Join us outside the library and prepare for messy fun. Advance registration is requested. 

We also have tons of children’s programming ...

'Two Minutes with TAPinto' Features South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen.

When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time.

"I say this to all ...