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North Plainfield Suspect Charged with Arson Following 3-Alarm Fire

May 28, 2020

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A 26-year-old suspect who police say watched a house burn to the ground early Wednesday morning has been charged with arson after he was seen entering and leaving the uninhabited house at 197 Maple Ave., according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Borough resident Jonathan Davies of Dahlia Terrace has been charged with 2nd degree Aggravated Arson ...

Barn on Longbridge Farm Succumbs to Flames: Historic Location that Housed George Washington

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -  Before the Battle of Monmouth in 1778, George Washington and his troops spent two nights at Longbridge Farm near Ridge Road in South Brunswick.  Washington had unseated the British in Philadelphia and was on his way through New Jersey to New York.  Yesterday, the barn on the property where he stayed was destroyed by fire. 

According to documents held ...

Virtual Indian Music Concert to Benefit Franklin Township Food Bank

The Franklin Township community continues to leverage its diversity to help their neighbors during the COVID-19 crisis.

On Saturday, May 9th at 7pm, the Township of Franklin and the Franklin Township Food Bank will offer a virtual Indian music concert to raise funds that will benefit the Food Bank.

 “Jwala 4 Jersey” will feature NJ-based band Jwala, the members of which ...

Virtual Indian Music Concert to Benefit Franklin Township Food Bank

The Franklin Township community continues to leverage its diversity to help their neighbors during the COVID-19 crisis.

On Saturday, May 9th at 7pm, the Township of Franklin and the Franklin Township Food Bank will offer a virtual Indian music concert to raise funds that will benefit the Food Bank.

 “Jwala 4 Jersey” will feature NJ-based band Jwala, the members of which ...

Flags at Half Staff in NJ Friday for Debby Kean, Late Wife of Thomas Kean Sr.

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered flags be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities Friday in recognition of the death of former New Jersey First Lady Deborah “Debby” Bye Kean.

Flags are also being flown at half-staff indefinitely in honor of the victims of COVID-19, the news release from the governor’s office said.

“Debby Kean used her ...

From Legos to Medical Ventilators. A Wayne Family’s Quarantine Achievement

WAYNE, NJ – We are all stuck at home, spending upward of 90% of our time in our comfortable prisons with our familiar inmates, passing the time.  Of those who are lucky not to have any family members in serious risk due to the virus, many are catching up on their shows, on reading, on housework and home improvement.  Some are wallowing in the pleasure of not having to go to work ...

Blue Angels and Thunderbirds to Fly Over Northern NJ

NEWARK, NJ – In a salute to frontline COVID-19 responders, the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds, the U.S. Navy and Air Force trick fighter jet squadrons, will be making a joint flyover near the George Washington Bridge on Tuesday, April 28, the squads announced on Twitter Monday.

A formation of six F-16C/D Fighting Falcon and six F/A-18C/D Hornet aircraft will conduct these ...

Tenants to Have Ability to Tap Into Deposit to Pay Rent, Murphy Orders

TRENTON, NJ - Even as he celebrated again that the “curve is still flat” in efforts to beat back COVID-19, Governor Phil Murphy announced the signing of a new Executive Order that allows tenants in residential properties to use their security deposit to help cover rent.

Previous to the Order, Chief Counsel Matt Platkin explained, there had been a statutory bar on ...

A Nightly Howl is Happening Throughout the Country and New Jersey Too

DENVER, CO – Shelsea Ochoa and Brice Maiurro had an idea to connect with friends, neighbors and the human community while locked-in under the threat of coronavirus.  In less than three weeks their vision had become a Facebook page and a movement with more than a half million followers in 99 countries around the world according to Maiurro. 

When the couple launched the “Go ...

Fanwood Bar Owner Sean Flannery Beat Coronavirus, Now He Must Overcome Ailing Economy

FANWOOD, NJ -- COVID-19 isn't necessarily a death sentence, but it could have been. Just ask bar owner Sean Flannery of Sheelen's Crossing Pub & Bistro on South Ave. in Fanwood. 

Coronavirus has taken a horrible toll at facilities for retired veterans homes and at nursing homes across the state, and many of the sickest patients are age 65 and over. Flannery, who recently ...

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North Plainfield Suspect Charged with Arson Following 3-Alarm Fire

May 28, 2020

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A 26-year-old suspect who police say watched a house burn to the ground early Wednesday morning has been charged with arson after he was seen entering and leaving the uninhabited house at 197 Maple Ave., according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Borough resident Jonathan Davies of Dahlia Terrace has been charged with 2nd degree Aggravated Arson ...

Barn on Longbridge Farm Succumbs to Flames: Historic Location that Housed George Washington

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -  Before the Battle of Monmouth in 1778, George Washington and his troops spent two nights at Longbridge Farm near Ridge Road in South Brunswick.  Washington had unseated the British in Philadelphia and was on his way through New Jersey to New York.  Yesterday, the barn on the property where he stayed was destroyed by fire. 

According to documents held ...

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Coronavirus Pandemic Adds to the Admiration as Hospital Honors Local EMS Members

Overlook Medical Center celebrated the work of the dedicated EMS first responders throughout the communities it serves with awards, gifts and other recognition as part of the national EMS Week, May 18–22.

“The first responders throughout our region have been our steadfast partners through the height of the pandemic, and their collaboration in caring for our patients during this ...

Obituaries

South Plainfield, NJ – Robert S. Harrison, known to many as Bob, passed away at the age of 83 ...
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Letters to the Editor

MCSBA Unsung Hero Recognition Event

May 28, 2020

Letter to the Editor:

The Middlesex County School Boards Association and Association of School Administrators hosted the 34th Annual Student Recognition in-person Program honoring Outstanding Juniors and Seniors in the Middlesex County High Schools in 2019, with over 400 attendants.  The program began 34 years ago headed by Mark Finkelstein who is presently the Superintendent at Middlesex ...

Boyle Memorial Foundation: COVID19 Donations Update

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 ...

Community Happenings

Middlesex County Unsung Hero Program Honors South Plainfield High School Students Olivia Olano and Drew Rachwal for Selfless Acts at School and in the Community

May 27, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – South Plainfield High School (SPHS) students Olivia Olano and Andrew “Drew” Rachwal were chosen as 2020 Middlesex County Unsung Hero award recipients.  For 35 years, the Middlesex County School Boards Association along with Middlesex County Association of School Administrators have recognized high school juniors and seniors who make outstanding ...

Middlesex County Unsung Hero Program Honors South Plainfield High School Students Olivia Olano and Drew Rachwal for Selfless Acts at School and in the Community

May 27, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – South Plainfield High School (SPHS) students Olivia Olano and Andrew “Drew” Rachwal were chosen as 2020 Middlesex County Unsung Hero award recipients.  For 35 years, the Middlesex County School Boards Association along with Middlesex County Association of School Administrators have recognized high school juniors and seniors who make outstanding ...

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

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 ...

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 recsupport@southplainfieldnj.com

Columns

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 ...

Bookmarks

Well, here in the Garden State, we’re slightly less locked down than we have been over the past few weeks.  And, while the South Plainfield Library building remains closed, our staff is still pretty active on your behalf.  We’re still able to provide services (like e-books, library cards and databases) and present programs for our patrons, if only via technology.  (And ...

Press Releases

South Plainfield Debutante Seeks Public's Help With Fundraiser

May 29, 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 because this is what we need to do , help one another. I am currently seeking assistance in my fundraising efforts.

I am Alexis Robinson, and I am a senior at South Plainfield High ...

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.  ...