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More Coronavirus Variants Likely on The Way, Health Officials Warn

April 13, 2021

Special to TAPinto. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit

NJ SPOTLIGHT -- With one in four cases linked to variants, NJ’s top medical official says ‘Keep doing what you’re doing and get ...

Murphy Announces Latest COVID Figures and Vaccination Totals

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported progress in getting shots into arms as he presented a vaccine update during his press briefing Wednesday. He said that the state has administered 4,892,598 total doses and that 1,896,442 New Jersey residents are now fully vaccinated.

"We are now 40% to our initial goal of 4.7 million individuals fully vaccinated by June 30th," ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Revised COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Health today issued new COVID-19 travel guidance, which follow updated travel recommendations released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) earlier this month.

“While the pandemic is not over, our vaccination program and updated CDC guidance have made it possible for vaccinated individuals to resume travel ...

Murphy Announces All Individuals Ages 16+ Will be Eligible for Vaccination on April 19, Reports Latest COVID Figures

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy announced during his COVID press briefing on Monday, April 5, that all individuals ages 16+ in New Jersey will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination on April 19 – two weeks ahead of the state’s initial target of May 1.

The state’s phased vaccination roll out has successfully administered 4.7 million doses of ...

Murphy Reports 4 Million Vaccines Administered, Expandes Eligibility, Rolls Back Restrictions on Group Gatherings

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy proudly announced that 4,030,061 vaccinations have been administered throughout the state and that 1,473,409 New Jerseyans are fully vaccinated during press briefing today where he also reported a list of updates to citizens about the State’s evolving COVID-19 measures as well as other relevant statewide news and happenings.

The governor opened ...

Vaccine Eligibility in New Jersey Expanded to People Age 55 and Over: Murphy

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Friday that the State will expand vaccine eligibility to include people 55 and over starting April 5. The following groups are eligible for vaccination once the expansion is in effect:

Age 55+
Individuals age 16+ with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Higher education educators and staff
Librarians and library staff
Additional ...

Pallone, in Sayreville, Praises American Rescue Plan Passage at Middlesex County Vaccination Site

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Congressman Frank Pallone (D, NJ-6) visited the Middlesex County Vaccination Site in Sayreville Friday to talk about the American Rescue Plan and how it will help accelerate COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration in the county and throughout New Jersey.

Pallone says that community health centers in New Jersey will receive nearly $130 million from the ...

Murphy: Don't Expect More Easing of Restrictions with COVID Variants on the Rise

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy said at his COVID press briefing on Monday that he doesn't expect to loosen any more COVID-19 restrictions because of the recent rise in variant strains of the disease.

On March 19, the state of New Jersey expanded capacity at indoor businesses, such as restaurants and gyms, but the governor said that is unlikely to allow any further increases in ...


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The Athlete of the Week Kenny Clevenger Wrestling

The South Plainfield High School Wrestling Team has continued their winning ways through the first 7 duals meets of the year. So far this season, the Tigers gained some revenge knocking off Red Division Rival Monroe High School 53-19, perennial state power Southern Regional 40-19, and Red Division Foe Old Bridge High School 65-9.  The win against Southern vaulted the Tigers into the top 5 in ...

The Athlete of the Week: Timson Nguyen Co-ed Swimming

This past week South Plainfield’s Co-ed Swim Team finished their Covid shortened season.  The program continues to improve while competing against larger schools.  This season the Tigers finished with a record of 2-4.  Senior captain Timson Nguyen has been a leader for the Tiger’s Swim Team.

On the season, Timson Nguyen scored a total of 60.5 points against the ...


South Plainfield – Helen Spisso, 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by her devoted family ...
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Community Happenings

April 17 is South Plainfield Volunteer Litter Clean-Up Day

April 12, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Come out for the Borough-wide litter cleanup on Saturday morning, April 17.  Volunteers can collect equipment at the municipal building at 2480 Plainfield Avenue from 9 to 10 a.m.  We will be clearing litter and trash from roadsides, parks, streams, and vacant lots during the morning. Preregistration is required to maintain Covid-safe protocols. 

Call ...

Elks Flea Market / Vendor Show

April 12, 2021

Creative Kids Academy Accepting Registrations for Summer Camp, Fall 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Creative Kids Academy (CKA) of South Plainfield is currently accepting registration for its 2021 summer camp sessions as well as for the 2021-2022 school year. 

According to Dan Rinaldi, owner/director, the main goal at CKA is to provide fun and flexible options for parents and caregivers in a healthy and safe environment.

Since welcoming children back ...

Saint Joseph HS Grad Marc Johnstone Signs with Washington Capitals' Affiliate South Carolina Stingrays

METUCHEN, NJ -- The South Carolina Stingrays, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and AHL’s Hershey Bears, have signed former Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) hockey star Marc Johnstone.

Johnstone, who scored over 100 points during his career at St. Joe's and graduated among the school's top 5 scorers of all time, recently finished his senior season ...

Upcoming Events


Thu, April 15, 10:00 AM

South Plainfield Public Library, South Plainfield

Virtual Magic with Anthony Salazar

Arts & Entertainment


Thu, April 15, 10:00 AM

Edison Housing Authority, Edison

Drive-Thru Job Fair



Thu, April 15, 12:00 PM

South Plainfield Public Library, South Plainfield

Giants, Kings & Mythical Things: An Interactive ...

Arts & Entertainment


Thu, April 15, 4:30 PM

South Plainfield Public Library (via Zoom), South Plainfield

Zoom Zumba 4 Kids

Health & Wellness

Thu, April 15, 6:30 PM

Event in Online, New Brunswick

RU Ready to Garden Webcast returns for Spring of ...

Education Green Home & Garden


Fri, April 16, 10:00 AM

South Plainfield Public Library, South Plainfield

Virtual Magic with Anthony Salazar

Arts & Entertainment


The Persian Always Meows Twice

The Persian Always Meows Twice: A Cat Groomer Mystery by Eileen Watkins.        (available on Amazon).


        Cassie McGlone needs to start over, escape from an abusive ex-boyfriend, and establish a business of her own. An independent woman, Cassie moves to Chadwick, New Jersey (a fictional town somewhere near Morristown) ...


There’s always a lot going on at the library, but this happens to be a particularly busy week. Here’s a look at some of the special events happening soon. As a reminder all programs are currently taking place online via Zoom, so be sure to sign up on our website to receive registration links for any program you would like to attend.

On April 20 at 6:00 pm, we’ll be offering a ...

TAPinto TV Wins Twice at Garden State Film Festival

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto TV, a medium-based franchise owned by East Main Media’s Brian Brodeur, won two Garden State Film Festival Awards.

The franchise’s “HomeGrown” series won awards for Best Television Show and Best Original Score from a Television Show.

“HomeGrown” is a series produced by East Main Media that follows host Stephanie Willoughby as ...

Press Releases

How a generous gift will transform the quality of healthcare services in Ocean County

Investing in the Community

How a generous gift will transform the quality of healthcare services.

The Grunin Foundation, which is based in Toms River and Red Bank, wants to improve the lives of residents of the Central Jersey Shore—and drive economic excellence in the community. To accomplish this, it has partnered with Community Medical Center (CMC) for many years. In 2013, the ...

South Plainfield PSEG update

South Plainfield, NJ - PSE&G has announced that over the next two weeks work crews will be replacing services on Central Avenue, Thomas Street, Pemberton Avenue, Parkside Road and Tooz Place. (South Plainfield and Plainfield)

All gas main installations associated with this project are complete.


Other work activities may be seen on Melrose Avenue near Baker Avenue, Madison ...