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Lavish with Care: Pampered Ladies Enjoy Girls' Night Out in Somerville

May 13, 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ - As promised, merchants and restaurants in Downtown Somerville lavished extra special attention on the ladies with in-store raffles, giveaways, discounts, other promotions and live music during Thursday's "Girls' Night Out" celebration throughout the downtown district.

The popular event returned to Somerset County's Downtown after a ...

Carteret Coach Gets Birthday Surprise

CARTERET, NJ – Brian Prioleau doesn’t mess around with his usual Saturday morning routine.

As founder, director and head coach of “Cadet Hoops,” Prioleau routinely peruses his basketball association’s weekend schedule to ensure there are no surprises.

He carefully reviews a regular checklist: Classes are organized, coaches are assigned, and equipment is ready ...

Westfield Planning Board Approves 10 Housing Units on .41 Acres

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Planning Board on Monday approved an amended application for a 10-unit residential building at 440 North Ave. East.

Amendments to the application, which the board authorized in May 2021, include variances for the building’s lot coverage and setbacks.

The building is planned for a vacant site where the White Diamond Diner stood decades ago, next to ...

National Weather Service Issues 'Red Flag Warning' for New Jersey

MT. HOLLY, NJ — The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for all of New Jersey on Thursday, April 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

A Fire Weather Watch will remain in effect on Friday, April 29, from morning to evening, in anticipation of gusty winds and dry conditions.

The alert was issued due to the combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and dry ...

Phillipsburg is “Open for Business” with Recreational Cannabis

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – The Apothecarium opened on a high note, with people lined up and ready to make their purchases. “Phillipsburg is open for business” stated Councilman Lee Clark.

Customers were all smiles as they stood in line, received “swag bags” and were given what felt like a red carpet treatment by the staff of the Phillipsburg Apothecarium. The staff was ...

Here Are the 13 Dispensaries in New Jersey Legally Selling Cannabis to the Public

NEW JERSEY — Starting today, residents of New Jersey and visitors to the state 21 years and older can buy recreational cannabis and cannabis products at 13 dispensaries statewide.

According to the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC), those 13 locations are:

North Jersey:

Apothecarium, 1865 Springfield, Avenue, Maplewood
Apothecarium, 55 South Main Street, ...

Recreational Marijuana Sales in New Jersey to Begin on April 21

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy says adults at least 21 years old will be able to purchase recreational marijuana and marijuana products without a medical card in New Jersey starting on April 21, 2022.

"This is a historic step in our work to create a new cannabis industry," Murphy said on Twitter.

“This is an exciting time for New ...

TAPinto Mourns the Loss of Former Publisher and Editor Kathy Lloyd

ELIZABETH, NJ - TAPinto Elizabeth is sad to announce the passing of former franchise owner, Kathy Lloyd. Kathy passed away on April 12 surrounded by those who loved her. 

"We mourn the passing of former TAPinto owner/publisher Kathy Lloyd,” said Michael Shapiro, the founder and CEO of TAPinto. “Kathy cared deeply about her community and about the importance of objective ...

Scottie Scheffler Becomes First New Jersey Golfer to Win Masters

RIDGEWOOD, NJ – On Sunday, 25-year-old Scottie Scheffler became the 86th person to win the Masters Tournament down in Augusta, Georgia. Scheffler also captured another milestone with his victory, becoming the first person born in the Garden State to win the most prestigious golf tournament in the world.

Scheffler’s New Jersey ties do not run particularly deep as the number ...

Seven Things to do This Weekend in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - There's something for everyone - including gamers, ballet aficionados and history buffs - happening in New Brunswick this weekend.

Whether you are looking to stretch your body and soul (yoga at The Yard) or just stretch your legs (Arts Institute of Midldesex County's First Fridays event), here are seven events to check out:

Thursday, March 31

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Lavish with Care: Pampered Ladies Enjoy Girls' Night Out in Somerville

May 13, 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ - As promised, merchants and restaurants in Downtown Somerville lavished extra special attention on the ladies with in-store raffles, giveaways, discounts, other promotions and live music during Thursday's "Girls' Night Out" celebration throughout the downtown district.

The popular event returned to Somerset County's Downtown after a ...

Carteret Coach Gets Birthday Surprise

CARTERET, NJ – Brian Prioleau doesn’t mess around with his usual Saturday morning routine.

As founder, director and head coach of “Cadet Hoops,” Prioleau routinely peruses his basketball association’s weekend schedule to ensure there are no surprises.

He carefully reviews a regular checklist: Classes are organized, coaches are assigned, and equipment is ready ...

Westfield Planning Board Approves 10 Housing Units on .41 Acres

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Planning Board on Monday approved an amended application for a 10-unit residential building at 440 North Ave. East.

Amendments to the application, which the board authorized in May 2021, include variances for the building’s lot coverage and setbacks.

The building is planned for a vacant site where the White Diamond Diner stood decades ago, next to ...

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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 ...

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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 ...