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Gift From Grateful Patient Supports Respite Room For Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Nursing Team

May 12, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  – Recognizing the need to address staff fatigue, anxiety and stress after caring for hundreds of patients during four waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) has dedicated a special respite and rejuvenation room to support its Nursing Team members. The room was made possible thanks to a generous donation from the Kaplan ...

Blood and Platelet Drive in Memory of Kathryn Dean Planned for June 16

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A blood and platelet drive in memory of Kathryn Dean will take place next month in South Plainfield. Organized by resident Joe Sorrentino, the blood drive will be take place at John F. Kennedy Elementary School on Thursday, June 16. 

'Kat,' as she was affectionately known by friends and family, was a lifelong resident and 2002 graduate of South ...

Elks Special Children's Committee Charity Ball Celebrates Ambassadors from South Plainfield 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Each year, the Elks Special Children's Committee selects four ambassadors and four alternate ambassadors from around the state to represent the special needs children and families the Elks help through service and charitable initiatives. 

For 2022-2023, South Plainfield residents Brianna Feeney and Jonathan Schwartz have been named Ambassador and ...

Mark Your Calendars for the 2022 Lakeview 5K

EDISON, NJ – Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to take part in the 2022 Marion & Norman Tanzman Foundation and Partlow Insurance Agency Lakeview 5K. All proceeds from the event, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 4 in and around Edison's Roosevelt Park, will benefit the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities (NJID), a non-profit which ...

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 ...

Franklin Elementary School's Day of Service Goes Extra Mile for Marisa Tufaro Foundation

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The grandfather of two former Franklin Elementary School students, Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. is quite familiar with the school-community’s giving spirit.

As a result, Diegnan was not at all surprised to learn the school’s student council and staff would turn South Plainfield Public Schools’ upcoming district-wide “Day of ...

South Plainfield Elks Install 2022-2023 Officers

METUCHEN – South Plainfield Elks Lodge #2298 held an installation ceremony for officers of the 2022-2023 lodge year. The Elks South Plainfield Lodge is being renovated due to extensive flood damage it suffered from Hurricane Ida in September 2021, but will reopen soon. The installation ceremony was held at Metuchen Lodge #1914.

The newly installed officers are Exalted Ruler Bill ...

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 Seniors Earn GMC Sportsmanship Awards

EDISON, NJ -- Athletes and teams from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison often receive recognition for outstanding sportsmanship. Earlier this spring, W+H seniors Zain Zaidi of Edison and Izabel Korycki of Colonia represented the school at the 21st Annual Greater Middlesex Conference Sportsmanship Banquet.

Zain and Izabel were selected as the W+H recipients and honored along with ...

Obituaries

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

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

May 17, 2022

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 ...

Overlook Medical Center looks “Ahead” to hospital’s future at campaign kickoff

SUMMIT, NJ – MAY 6, 2022 – The Overlook Foundation, the non-profit, private organization that supports Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center, kicked off a public campaign to raise funds for a multi-phase expansion and enhancement project that will transform the hospital, positioning it for future excellence.

The campaign, Overlook Ahead, will help to financially ...

Four Atlantic Health System Medical Centers get ‘A’ Grade for Safety by Leapfrog for Spring 2022

MORRISTOWN, NJ – May 10, 2022 – Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today announced that Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center and Chilton Medical Center all earned the highest possible safety rating of ‘A’ by The Leapfrog Group in its Spring 2022 Hospital Safety Grades.

“Safety is the ...

Letters to the Editor

Community Happenings

Plainfield UNICO's Brian Piccolo Award winner

May 3, 2022

The Plainfield’s chapter of UNICO proudly presented its annual Brian Piccolo Award to Gabriella Vitabile (holding plaque) of South Plainfield! The award is given to high school student athletes of Italian-American heritage who exhibit the qualities modeled by Brian Piccolo in his life and career (courage, friendship, loyalty, teamwork, dedication, sense of humor and anti-bias).

L. to ...

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 ...

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 ...

Columns

Bookmarks

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 ...