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Middlesex County: Asymptomatic Testing Site Coming to Piscataway

May 21, 2020

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Middlesex County health officials will open a new drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Piscataway at 1 Ericsson Drive on Thurs., May 28 and Fri. May 29. Testing is free and by appointment only. 

“With a saliva-based test developed at Rutgers University and a drive-thru testing site just up the road from Town Hall, Piscataway continues to lead the way against ...

HMH JFK Medical Center 1,000th COVID discharge

Hackensack Meridian JFK Medical Center celebrates its 1,000th COVID discharge!

Patient Dora Cardona from South Plainfield spent 10 days at JFK Medical Center located in Edison, NJ


NBA Great Shaquille O'Neal Gives Some Love to Somerville Hospital Staff

SOMERVILLE, NJ - NBA great Shaquille O'Neal, a New Jersey native and a mountain of a man whose accomplishments on and off the basketball court are legendary, took the time Tuesday night to call the Critical Care unit at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset to extend thanks and encouragement to the staff for their never-ending efforts to treat patients during the COVID-19 ...

Hackensack Meridian Health Celebrates Release of 5,000th COVID-19 Patient

EDISON, NJ – Hackensack Meridian Health this week celebrated the full recovery and discharge of its 5,000th COVID-19 patient across its network of 17 hospitals.

On the afternoon of May 5, doctors, nurses, and medical personnel lined the halls of JFK Medical Center in Edison and the theme from ‘Rocky’ played on the overhead speaker as Angel Rojos was ‘clapped-out.’ ...

South Plainfield’s First Responders Honor AristaCare Nurses on National Nurse Appreciation Day with Parade and Pizza

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – South Plainfield Police, Fire Department and Emergency Management Services sounded their sirens as they paraded past the entryway of AristaCare at Cedar Oaks in South Plainfield on May 6 to honor staff on National Nurse Appreciation Day.  The staff was treated to lunch by the Police Department and Police Benevolent Association (PBA).  Nurses stood ...

Middlesex County Announces $25 million Investment to Foster Health and Life Sciences Innovation

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – In partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, RWJBarnabas Health, New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO), and The City of New Brunswick – Middlesex County is investing $25 million in the new Cancer Pavilion project, which when completed, will be the state’s first free-standing comprehensive ...

The Frontline Fight: South Plainfield Native Kyle McMahon Shares His Story

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – While the state announced this past weekend that many medical centers are seeing the rate of COVID-19-related hospitalizations decrease, slightly, health care workers on the front line feel the transition from ‘crisis care’ to ‘standard measures’ is still a long way off.

“Everyday, is different and you never really know what you are ...

Traveling Healthcare Hero

South Plainfield, NJ- As the rest of the country adheres to the stay at home orders, AristaCare’s staff has been running into the fire, oftentimes forgoing their own safety in order to care for others.  Unfortunately, these selfless acts have led to staff getting sick, quarantining themselves and being unable to come to work. With 14 facilities throughout NJ and PA AristaCare ...

Hackensack Meridian   JFK Adult Medical Day Program Continues to Help the Community

Hackensack Meridian   JFK Adult Medical Day Program continues to help the community caregivers and participants of the Adult Day Health Program through the Covid 19 Pandemic.

 When Gov. Phil Murphy announced the closure of the Adult Day Health Services, it did not mean an end of services from New Jersey Adult Day Health Centers such as the JFK Medical Day Program. On the ...

Cohabitating With COVID-19: Different Symptoms, Same Diagnosis

(Editor’s Note: A married couple residing in the borough and recovering from COVID-19 recently shared their story with TAPinto South Plainfield. Their names have been changed in this article out of respect for their privacy.)

SOUTH PLAINFIELD NJ – While the uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be debated among medical experts and politicians, one ...


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Surprising Benefits of the Virtual Visit

When Atlantic Health System put telehealth into effect to help control the spread of COVID-19, I thought, I’m going to hate it. I felt strongly that there’s no substitute for in-person visits, and expected that trying to communicate using video apps would be cumbersome. So I was surprised to find that there are some real benefits to virtual medicine.

I noticed, for example, a ...


South Plainfield, NJ – Julian Cornelius Rydarowski, 90, passed away Friday, May 22, 2020, at ...
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Letters to the Editor

Boyle Memorial Foundation: COVID19 Donations Update

May 25, 2020

Letter To The Editor

The Boyle Memorial Foundation and Shirley Thompson continue to partner to help the South Plainfield Families in need and continue to help raise funds for our frontline workers, especially at a time of uncertainty amid the COVID19 pandemic.  Monetary donations are being accepted via check or Venmo at this time due to “Social Distancing”  constraints ...

How We Return to High School Sports in New Jersey

Dear Editor:

In my decades as an educator and school administrator, I’m hard pressed to find a situation as challenging as what we face related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last few months have been painful on many levels, from the heartbreaking loss of life to the millions who have suffered emotional and economic loss. It’s been a harrowing time for everyone.

For our students, ...

Community Happenings

NJ Graduations Can Start July 6, Ceremonies May be Split for Social Distancing

May 26, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Amid increasing pressure from students and their families, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tue., May 26, that schools will be allowed to have in-person graduation ceremonies, something that would have previously been prohibited under the state’s COVID-19 social distancing orders.

The graduation ceremonies, Murphy said, will be permitted to begin July 6 as long as they ...

Hometown Hero Program Honors Veterans with Banners Lining Plainfield Ave. and Hamilton Blvd.

May 25, 2020

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – To honor and recognize those who have proudly served and died in combat for the United States of America, the Hometown Hero Banner Committee has mounted banners along Plainfield Avenue to honor the fallen heroes.  The endeavor was implemented in September 2019 by the Borough of South Plainfield, in partnership with American Legion Chaumont Post 243, VFW ...

Memorial Day Salute - South Plainfield Council Asks Residents to Take a Collective Pause to Honor Veterans on Monday at 10a.m.

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – During the May 18 Council meeting, Councilman Derryck White proposed that South Plainfield residents stand outside their homes on Monday, May 25 at 10a.m. to honor veterans in their own way.  White suggested reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and playing or singing the Star-Spangled Banner.  Those who cannot go outside are asked to take a moment of ...

Governor Murphy Honors William "Bill" Frink, Remembering the Greatness of a Humble Man Who Will Be Greatly Missed

TRENTON, NJ – William “Bill” Frink was among three New Jersey COVID-19 casualties remembered by Governor Phil Murphy during his May 16 news briefing.  Frink passed away on May 3 due to COVID-19 complications.  Frink was a lifelong South Plainfield resident, ever loyal to his community.  

“We remember William ‘Bill’ Frank Jr., a ...

News from Recreation

Spring 2020 Recreation Program Refunds:
For those who replied to the email request, refund checks will be mailed out tomorrow!
Thank you for your patience 😁

If you did not receive an email OR did not reply yet, please email us at


The Boy From the Woods

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben. (Grand Central Publishing, 2020)


A feral child, a missing teenage girl, and a wise-cracking, sharp-tongued television criminal attorney, and her teenage grandson, Matthew, are the central characters of Harlan Coben’s newest best-seller, The Boy from the Woods. They, along with other characters in the novel, make for a fun and ...


The South Plainfield Public Library is still closed until further notice, but just because we’re closed, it doesn’t mean you can’t still access some of our great resources.  For our online databases, you will need a library barcode number (which is on the back of your library card) and a pin number (which is usually the last four digits of your phone number that you gave us ...

Press Releases

South Plainfield Debutante seeks Public's Help With Fundraiser

May 25, 2020

       During this Pandemic, I understand first hand how important it is to help others. Just last week, my mother and I donated masks to Menlo Park Veterans Home for the essential workers. I am currently seeking assistance in my fundraising efforts.

I am Alexis Robinson, and I am a senior at South Plainfield High School. I know first hand that during this Pandemic we need ...

New Jersey to Launch Online Grocery Shopping for SNAP Recipients

(TRENTON) –  New Jerseyans enrolled in the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be able to use their benefits to order groceries online starting next week.  Online shopping will be available through Amazon and participating Walmarts, ShopRites and The Fresh Grocers.

NJ SNAP recipients will be able to use their benefits card to order groceries from ...

Congratulate Your Graduate with Milestones on TAPinto

Graduation season is upon us and that means celebrating your graduate’s accomplishments and honors.  TAPinto Milestones gives you an easy and affordable way to honor your graduate.  You can submit a note of congratulations, highlight achievements and submit photos.  Your Milestone post will be posted on the TAPinto site of your choosing and stay there forever.  ...