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Bill That Would Force Telemarketers to Explain Why They're Calling in 30 Seconds Advances in Trenton

January 27, 2023

TRENTON, NJ — A bill that would require telemarketers to identify themselves and what they're trying to sell in the first 30 seconds of the call has advanced in Trenton.

“New Jerseyans should know who they’re talking to on the phone and what’s being sold to them by telemarketers,” Sen. Jon Bramnick (R - District 21), one of the primary sponsors of the ...

Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs in New Jersey Receive $10 Million Federal Grant

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs (NJHVIPs) received a big boost on Friday, in the form of $10 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds.

The programs launched three years ago using federal money with the mission of ending cycles of violence across the state by helping victims and their families.

“These innovative violence ...

Gov. Phil Murphy Delivers 2023 State of the State, Says New Jersey is Moving in the Right Direction

TRENTON, NJ — During Tuesday's State of the State Address at the Assembly Chambers in Trenton, Gov. Phil Murphy said he's confident with the direction in which the state is going.

"We are stronger and we are fairer," Murphy said. "We are moving confidently in the right direction — forward."

Republicans aren't so sure.

"Despite the ...

New Jersey Becomes First State to Require Media Literacy Instruction in Schools

TRENTON, NJ — Students in New Jersey, from kindergarten to 12th grade, will soon learn about how to spot misinformation online.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Wednesday that directs the Department of Education to create guidelines on media information literacy. New Jersey will be the first state in the nation to do so.

“It is our responsibility to ensure our nation’s ...


The Athlete of the Week Eva Altamirano - Wrestling

The South Plainfield High School Wrestling Team has had a successful start to the wrestling season.  The Tigers sit a 8-5, with all losses coming to teams ranked in the top 20 in the State. While the Tigers are having a successful boy’s season, one of the team’s female wrestlers, Eva Altamirano has picked up where she left off at the end of her freshman campaign.

After ...

Athlete of the Week, Sara McNelly

Senior Sara McNelly led the girls basketball team to a 2-1 week averaging 13 points 8 rebounds 3 assists per game, including 2 double doubles. On Thursday, Sara scored 23 points while grabbing 10 rebounds in a tough divisional matchup. Sara's leadership on and off the court has helped guide the young team to a 7-5 record on the season.  

Sara was also chosen to represent South ...

Letters to the Editor

South Plainfield Suburban Woman's Club Spelling Bee

January 21, 2023

The South Plainfield Suburban Woman's Club hosted their annual Spelling Bee.  The Spelling Bee originates from the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs.  The Spelling Bee words are given to the local districts by the NJSFSWC, and they must be given to the students in the order that they are received.  Each child that registered received a copy of the practice word ...

The Start of The End - Bill A5918

      Hi, My name is Reo and I am a young black gender fluid high school student at South Plainfield High School, please note that the issue I am writing about has no association with my high school, South Plainfield High School, as it is out of their power. I recently had an issue where I could not have Reo on my high school diploma, until I had multiple conversations with my ...

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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset To Host Free Cardiac Screenings For Young Athletes on Feb. 4

January 19, 2023

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Each year, between 100 and 150 athletes die from sudden cardiac arrest, according to the American College of Cardiology. Screenings can help detect underlying heart disorders, such as abnormal heart rhythms, which can trigger sudden cardiac arrest.


Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, will offer free ...

Southern Ocean Chamber Launches Digital Tools in time for National Plan For Vacation Day

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J.  -- The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce representing the Long Beach Island Region of the Jersey Shore, reminds everyone that the last Tuesday in January is the official reminder to start your vacation plans for the new year. The organization has chosen National Plan for Vacation Day to officially launch new digital tools including the latest online interactive ...

Atlantic Health System Achievements from Healthgrades Grow as Chilton Medical Center Added to America’s 250 Best Hospitals

Atlantic Health System’s Chilton Medical Center today was named for the first time as one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals for 2023, according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting doctors and patients.

This achievement puts Chilton in the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for overall clinical performance across the most common conditions and ...


Strange Fruit by Lillian Smith

Retro Review:


Strange Fruit by Lillian Smith. Brown Thrasher, 1944.

Strange Fruit

By Abel Meeropol

Southern trees bear a strange fruit

Blood on the leaves and blood at the root

Black bodies swinging in the Southern breeze

Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees


Pastoral scene of the gallant South

The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth

Scent of ...

Agent Spotlight: Ebtsam "Sam" Sayed

Ebtsam “Sam” Sayed, Sales Associate in the Westfield office, is a dedicated Realtor, a skilled negotiator, and a mother of two. Sam specializes in Union County, working in Westfield, Clark, Scotch Plains, and beyond but she also does plenty of business in Middlesex and Somerset counties. With over a decade and a half of experience as a full-time real estate agent, Sam has the skill ...

Winchester, Altobelli, Ansong Lead Union Catholic Boys Basketball Team Over Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ -- The Union Catholic boys basketball team hung on to win a nail-biter over Plainfield, 54-53, on Tuesday night.

The Vikings, who have won three of their last four games to improve to 8-7, were clinging to a one-point lead when Plainfield missed two free throws with five seconds to go in the game. After the second free throw bounced off the rim, UC's Yaw Ansong grabbed ...

Union Catholic Girls Basketball Legend Kris Kirchner Honored With Olympic Banner

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- When Pam Holmes was an eighth grader back in 1976 at St. Bernard's School in Plainfield, she spent a lot of time reading the sports pages and attending basketball games at Union Catholic.

And each time she opened the paper or sat in the stands, her eyes would always lock in on one name, one player - the legendary Kristin Kirchner, who at the time was a junior ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Selected to All-State Band

Luke Tan of Edison and Sophia Fontaine of Somerville, students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, who earned the opportunity to perform with the New Jersey All-State Band. The W+H students auditioned for the All-State High School Bands and Orchestra at J.P. Stevens High School in Edison on Jan. 21. 

Sophia was accepted into the Wind Ensemble on euphonium and Luke was accepted into ...

Borough of South Plainfield Environmental Commission 2023 Meeting Dates

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Listed below are the 2023 meeting dates for the South Plainfield Environmental Commission.  The meetings are open to the public.  They take place on the second Wednesday of each month in the Borough Hall main conference room @7:30 ...

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It Wasn't Obvious "Student" Was 29, School Official Says

January 29, 2023

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Why Hyejeong Shin, a 29-year-old city woman, used a false birth certificate in an attempt to enroll at New Brunswick High School remains a mystery.

In a letter addressed to high school parents and guardians, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Aubrey Johnson on Friday, Jan. 27 did not offer any insight into the question that has lingered since Shin spent four days at the ...

New Brunswick Woman, 29, Facing Charges For Trying to Enroll at NBHS Using False Birth Certificate

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A 29-year-old woman is facing charges after she allegedly tried to use a false birth certificate in an attempt to enroll at New Brunswick High School.

Hyejeong Shin, a New Brunswick resident, has been charged with one count of providing a false government document with the intent to verify one’s identity or age a third-degree offense, according to a statement ...

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We are almost through the first month of the new year and it sure went by fast! Regular library hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. We continue to offer curbside services for those interested.

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Looking Forward

Hello, TAPinto reader and Looking Forward: Opportunities for Job, Career, Business, and Investment Seekers listener! 

Did you know there’s an electric vehicle gold rush taking place that involves billions and billions of dollars? Did you know this gold rush is creating, in the words of my guest expert, MASSIVE opportunities for all kinds of people, whether ...

TAPinto Named a 2023 Top Franchise by Franchise Business Review

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto was recently named a Top Franchise for 2023 by Franchise Business Review. This is the 18th annual ranking of the 200 best franchise opportunities as rated by franchisees.

"TAPinto is honored to be recognized as one of the top 200 franchises in the United States," TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro said. "The fact that this ...