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South Plainfield BOE Adopts $73.3M Spending Plan for 2022-23 

May 11, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – At a May 4 meeting, the South Plainfield Board of Education (SPBOE adopted, by a 9-0 vote, a $73.3 million spending plan that results in a 2-percent tax levy increase for the upcoming school year.

"As always, the South Plainfield School District has worked to create a fiscally responsible budget that fully supports the needs of the students…" ...

Grant School Drama Club to Present 'Frozen JR' May 11 Through May 13 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ –  The Grant School Drama Club will present Disney's Frozen JR. in front of three sold-out crowds this week.

The hour-long musical, which will be presented at the school Wednesday, May 11 through Friday, May 13, will bring Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life as well as mark the drama club's first live and ...

Joe Sorrentino of South Plainfield Named 'Teacher of the Year' 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Joe Sorrentino, a lifelong resident of South Plainfield and special education teacher at Rahway's 7th & 8th Grade Academy, has been named the school's 'Teacher of the Year.'

The award recognizes Sorrentino's 'outstanding contributions to the academic achievement and personal growth of the Rahway Academy students during the 2021-2022 ...

Kennedy Elementary Fundraising Efforts Benefit Ukraine, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Through two recent fundraising initiatives, members of the John F. Kennedy Elementary School community have extended their efforts to give back beyond South Plainfield. 

From March 28 through April 14, an annual school-wide fundraiser sponsored by the student council to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was held. Through sponsorships, students ...

South Plainfield Native Dan Erhardt Recognized by Alma Mater Montclair State University

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Dan Erhardt, a former resident of South Plainfield and graduate of Montclair State University (MSU), was recently honored by his alma mater. 

During a ceremony held April 28, Erhardt, who currently serves principal of a Somerset-based special needs school, was named the recipient of MSU's College of Education and Human Services' Outstanding ...

Cameron Perales, Katie Ziga Named May 2022's Rotary 'Students of the Month' 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield High School (SPHS) seniors Cameron Perales and Katie Ziga have been named the Edison Rotary Club's May 2022 Students of the Month and were honored at a breakfast held last month at the Edison Elks lodge. 

Throughout the school year, the Edison Rotary Club recognizes the academic achievements of SPHS seniors based on ...

South Plainfield BOE Moves to Abolish Academic Supervisor Positions

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Board of Education (SPBOE), at a meeting April 12, voted 7-1 in favor of a resolution to eliminate the district's four academic supervisory positions 'for reasons of efficiency and economy due to an administrative reorganization.' The BOE, by the same vote, also approved five additional positions, effective July ...

South Plainfield's 'Day of Service' Scheduled for May 26

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield School District is partnering with various borough agencies and organizations for an all-day event geared toward giving back to the community. 

Scheduled for Thursday, May 26, the South Plainfield 'Day of Service' is focused on the theme 'Doing Good Feels Great,' and will include fundraising events and philanthropic efforts ...

Janya Draper, Nellie Entcheva Named Rotary's April 2022 Students of the Month

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield High School (SPHS) seniors Janya Draper and Nellie Entcheva have been named the Edison Rotary Club's April 2022 Students of the Month and were honored at a breakfast held March 23 at the Edison Elks lodge. 

Throughout the school year, the Edison Rotary Club recognizes the academic achievements of SPHS seniors based on ...

Student-Run Tiger Farms Open to the Public Wednesdays This Spring 

(Editor's Note: Due to the inclement weather, the Tiger Farms outdoor market planned for today, Wednesday, April 6, has been rescheduled for Friday, April 8. Hours of operation will remain the same.) 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield School District's Tiger Farms outdoor market is officially set to reopen to the public on Wednesday, April 6.

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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 ...

ICYMI: Bridging The Gap Interviews RZR News Founder

When you turn on the news, you see the same format, regardless of your channel preference. There are three people from one political affiliation screaming at a fourth person from the opposing party. No matter what that fourth person says, their view is dismissed. The minority voice is drowned out, so no one hears his/her point of view, while the majority viewpoint appears to present a more ...

How The Affordable Housing Act Can Change Your Town

No matter where you live in New Jersey, you may have heard some rumblings about “Affordable Housing” lately.  What is everyone talking about? Here is some quick background, and insight on what it might mean to you and your town.

Here is the basic background:


1985 the Fair Housing Act was passed.  The premise of this legislation is that municipalities have a ...

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 ...

The Athlete of the Week: Madelynn Pfeiffer Spring Track Thrower

Spring Track is moving on into the toughest part of the season and Junior Madelynn Pfeiffer keeps bringing home gold medals.  Madelynn, and her relay partner Sydney Loiacono, are both currently ranked in the top ten in Middlesex County in both the discus and the shot put. 

Just this weekend, the paired teamed up to take home two gold medals against some fantastic competition at the ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Receives DAR Good Citizen Award

EDISON, NJ -- Gurinder Singh of Carteret, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, was among three local high school seniors to receive Good Citizen Awards from The Westfield Chapter of The Daughters of The American Revolution (DAR).

Each school selected one Good Citizen from their senior class based on Dependability (truthfulness, loyalty, punctuality), Service (cooperation, ...

Obituaries

South Plainfield – Kathleen “Kathy” Lamastro, 62, died, Sunday May 15, ...
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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 ...

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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

Saint Joe's Salutatorian DaSilva: Campus 'Felt Like Home'

METUCHEN, NJ - The second that Matthew DaSilva stepped foot on the campus of Saint Joseph High School five years ago he immediately felt something special. From his first campus tour to his time as “Freshman for a Day,” DaSilva knew the choice was easy. He was going to spend the most formative years of his life at Saint Joe’s.

Sure there were other private schools in ...

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, ...

Facing the unknown – What parents can tell kids when answers fail

A wise therapist once told me, “David, no matter how much you think you can, no one can predict the future. So stop trying and making yourself crazy in the process.” Excellent advice, especially considering my future predictions tend to veer into sometimes frightening territory.

Predictions are like opinions, everyone has one. When I signed on for parenthood, I tried to anticipate ...

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We’ve got a pretty big bunch of news from South Plainfield Library this week, so let’s get right to it:
            First, just a reminder about our updated operating hours.  We’re now open from 10 am-8 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; 10 am-6 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays, and 11 am-3 pm on Saturdays.  ...

Drawing the Line Between News and Content Marketing is Key to Publisher Credibility and Success

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Publishers invest significant time and financial resources in building their audience. No one has the right to have their content placed in front of the audience you’ve built. Public relations firms and others say their content is newsworthy and they get paid a lot of money to try to make that case to publishers every day.

Drawing the line between news and ...