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Six Residents Test Positive for COVID-19

March 27, 2020

South Plainfield– South Plainfield has been notified that six individuals have tested positive for COVID-19. These six residents bring the total number of positive cases to 15. This increase is expected as the total number of positive cases increases in both the County and State. Please continue practicing social distancing and limit gathering in our effort to flatten the curve.

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Gov. Murphy: on FEMA Assistance, Help for NJ Small Businesses, and More

NEW JERSEY — Governor Phil Murphy announced at his Thursday press conference that federal emergency aid has been made available for New Jersey through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to supplement state and local recovery efforts affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The action makes federal funding available for Crisis Counseling for affected individuals; ...

Nineteen New Positive Coronavirus Cases in Edison

EDISON, NJ - Edison Township has been notified of additional residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The cases are a fifty-two-year-old male on home isolation, a fifty-nine-year-old-male hospitalized, a fifty-nine-year-old-female on home isolation, a fifty-three-year-old male on home isolation, a thirty-four-year-old unknown gender on home isolation, a thirty-one-year-old unknown ...

Three More Residents Test Positive for COVID-19

South Plainfield– South Plainfield has been notified that three residents have tested positive COVID-19 These three residents bring the total number of positive cases in South Plainfield to nine. The individuals that tested positive were a 60 year-old male, 55 year-old male and 24 year-old female.

These cases are under investigation by the Middlesex County Health Department.

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COVID-19 Surge May Come in 2-3 Weeks For Parts of State

TRENTON, NJ – The state’s top health official said that the number of COVID-19 cases in some parts of New Jersey could peak in the next two or three weeks.

Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said at a press conference Tuesday that positive cases in Bergen, Essex and Hudson counties could soon surge based on a projection made a day earlier by New York Gov. Andrew ...

Two More Residents Test Positive for COVID-19

South Plainfield– South Plainfield has been notified that two individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 These two residents bring the total number of positive cases in South Plainfield to six. The individuals that tested positive were a 40 year-old male and a 53 year-old male.

These cases are under investigation by the Middlesex County Health Department.

Middlesex County and the ...

No Standardized Tests for New Jersey Students this Year

SPARTA, NJ – The Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, Lamont Repollet announced today in a letter to school superintendents and administrators the spring testing have been canceled.

"We are pleased with the decision," Sparta Assistant Superintendent Patrick McQueeney said. "This decision removes one more burden that staff and administrators were ...

Two More Edison Residents Test Positive for Coronavirus

EDISON, NJ - Edison Township has been notified of additional residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The cases are an eighteen-year-old female and a forty-eight-year-old female.

Each one is on home isolation.

Edison Township was not provided any other information regarding the new cases.

If residents have questions regarding COVID-19, they may call the NJ State Health Call ...

Murphy: 'There's a Special Place in Hell' For Price-gougers, Racists During Pandemic

TRENTON, NJ – Incidents of price gouging and racism aimed at Asian-Americans in New Jersey since the COVID-19 crisis began prompted an irritated Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday to say, “There’s a special place in hell for the people who take advantage of this health crisis."

Murphy made the comment after Attorney General Gurbir Grewal reported there have been 1,400 ...

Health Commissioner Urges Residents To Give Blood in COVID-19 Crisis

TRENTON, NJ – The state’s top health official is calling on residents to roll up their sleeves and give blood with the assurance that coronavirus COVID-19 cannot be transmitted by donating.

State Health Commissioner Judy Persichelli also affirmed that the staffs at blood centers are taking precautions to protect donors, including using proper protective equipment, increasing ...

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Letters to the Editor

Letter Regarding Jo-Ann's Dance Studio and Vertical Freedom

March 22, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

I hope this letter finds all of you, and your families, safe and healthy.  As I am sure you all know by now, the Governor of the State of New Jersey, has mandated that all businesses such as ours be closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 virus.  That being said, Jo-Ann’s Dance Studio will remain closed for the upcoming week.  We will ...

Letter from Dr.  Lior Koppel - EyeKrafters Medical Optics

  Dear Valued Patient:

During this time of growing concern, we believe it is our role and responsibility to prioritize the health and well-being of our patients and employees. Like you, we are closely following the news and monitoring the coronavirus updates. We are committed to continuing the necessary and recommended precautions and to stay in communication with you.

To prevent ...

Community Happenings

Updates from Twin City Pharmacy

March 23, 2020

Twin City Pharmacy will remain open operating with our normal business hours (M-F 9am-9pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9am-5pm). Deemed an essential business during this Covid 19 pandemic, we have a responsibility to continue to serve our community including our retail, hospice and home care clientele. We are however tweaking our intake protocol to best keep our customers and staff out of harms way.

South Plainfield High School Baseball Team Used Clothing Drive Canceled

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - In accordance with the South Plainfield School District closure, the South Plainfield School District Business Office has sent notification that all facility use requests for all schools, including fields and parking lots, are canceled until the school district has returned.  The South Plainfield High School Baseball Team's used clothing and accessory drive ...

Board of Education Meeting Closed to Public - March 18th

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the March 18, 2020, South Plainfield Board of Education meeting will not be physically open to the public. This is to ensure we follow best practices for social distancing.  The March board meeting will be live streamed on the South Plainfield School District  website  (www.spboe.org)  under the ...

South Plainfield’s Mayor Matthew Anesh’s Wellness Committee “Caught on a Walk/Run” Program for Healthy Living.

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 ...

Milestones

Plainfields' UNICO Welcomes Newest Members

March 9, 2020

The Plainfields' Chapter of UNICO welcomes its newest members

 

L. to R. Ida Vitabile, and Shannon Jeffreys, both of South Plainfield,  were sworn in by UNICO NJ District X Governor Anthony Bengivenga  (third from left). Bob Bengivenga, (fourth from left), President of the Plainfields' Chapter of UNICO,  sponsored the meeting at his home in South Plainfield.

South Plainfield HS Athletes

South Plainfield students celebrating their achievement.

The Kuara Futsal team (age U16) placed first in the 2020 Eastern Development Program (EDP) Winter Futsal League.  The team record was 6 wins, and 2 losses playing against reputed soccer Academy teams from New Jersey and surrounding States.  Kuara Futsal team players are primarily freshmen from South Plainfield High School and a ...

Updated Information from Dr. Noreen Lishak -School District's Announces 'United We Roar' Community Event

March 26, 2020

The South Plainfield School District is sponsoring “United We Roar” in an effort to unify our community during this health crisis.

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/south-plainfield/sections/education/articles/school-district-s-announces-united-we-roar-community-event-and-fundraising-initiative

Listed below is the information for the “United We Roar” event scheduled for ...

School District's Announces 'United We Roar' Community Event Tonight

March 27, 2020

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – 'United We Roar,' a community event sponsored by the South Plainfield School District, is planned for 8:15 p.m. on Friday, March 27. In an email and video announcement made March 23, Superintendent Dr. Noreen Lishak stated that the goal is to provide residents an opportunity to come out of their homes and come together in the fight against the ...

Find Out What South Plainfield Restaurants are Open with Hours of Operation

Many South Plainfield restaurants, delis and bakeries are adapting to this time of uncertainty and remain open to serve customers.  With curbside pickup, carry out or delivery available, and take out groceries and liquor for sale at some establishments, they are doing what they can to serve the community and stay in business.

"We are very blessed to have so many businesses who ...

Urgent Notice Regarding Bulk Pick-Ups

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Effective March 20, 2020 all Curbside Bulk Pick-Ups will be suspended until further notice.

Starting March 25, 2020, the Compactor will be open on Wednesday’s from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Compactor will remain open on the following Saturday’s from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.:

 

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Upcoming Events

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Sat, March 28, 1:00 PM

South Plainfield

Annual Easter Egg Hunt - CANCELLED

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Mon, April 6

South Plainfield

7:00pm Mayor & Council Mtg

Government

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Fri, April 10

South Plainfield

Good Friday Municipal Offices Closed

Government

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Fri, April 10, 9:00 AM

South Plainfield

Easter Flower Sale 2020

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Tue, April 14

South Plainfield

7:00pm Planning Board Mtg

Government

Columns

SENATOR DIEGNAN’S EMERGENCY LEGISLATION GOES TO GOVERNOR’S DESK

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 ...

Update from Mayor Anesh - Parks

 All borough parks, including the South Side Dog Park will remain open for passive recreation from dawn to dusk until further notice. We encourage residents to practice social distancing. Intermittent closures are possible due to capacity issues. Spring Lake Park (county) remains open for passive recreation. All facilities within Spring Lake - comfort stations, playgrounds, ...

The Good Neighbor

The Good Neighbor by Cathryn Grant (Inkubator Books, 2020)

 Recently I was at a doctor’s appointment and my physician asked if I had read anything good lately. Then she offered a tip to read The Good Neighbor by Cathryn Grant. 

The Good Neighbor starts off with an intriguing Prologue. In fact, the first line of the novel reads, “There was so much blood. It wasn’t ...

Statement from Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios Regarding the First COVID-19 Death in Middlesex County

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.

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Bookmarks

The South Plainfield Library will be closed indefinitely.  We feel that this is the best way to keep our community healthy and slow the spread of the COVID19 virus.

If you have library materials at home, continue to enjoy them. We will be renewing everything until the library reopens. We never apply overdue fines when we are closed.  We will be checking phone messages during the week ...

Press Releases

Liftec Forklifts is Open for Business

March 27, 2020

For over 40 years Liftec Forklifts has been committed to providing quality Forklifts, material handling products, service/parts and rentals.  We are here to serve your Sales, Parts, Service and Rental needs during our normal business hours of 7:30am to 5:00 pm.

We are determined to provide a safe environment for our employees where they can continue our legacy of excellence.  So in ...

Councilwoman Melanie Mott - Senior Yard Waste

I just wanted to let everyone know that senior yard waste will be picked up on a bi-weekly schedule beginning on April 1st.

All seniors that have already called to be placed on the list for the season will receive a phone call and/or email from DPW by early next week with your pickup schedule and new callers will be informed of the schedule when calling in.

As always, if anyone has any ...

Preschools and Daycares Donating Medical Supplies to Area Hospitals

As all Greatstart childcare facilities shutdown due to the Governor's executive order, we are donating all our medical grade vinyl/latex gloves to area hospitals.

Being that the executive order applies to all daycares in NJ, we ask other facilities to do the same. Please ask your daycare providers to get in touch with us via FB and we'd be glad to pickup the supplies from ...