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Classical Pianist Richard Alston to Perform Sunday at Plainfield's St. Mark's Episcopal Church

May 10, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Richard Alston is the Minister of Music at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Plainfield. He said in this position, "I'm using the music to bring people closer to God and to Christ." He doesn't call it entertainment, but uses the music to spiritually uplift. "The music must always be joined with what's happening in the service." Alston and ...

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 ...

Holy Savior Academy to Hold Designer Bag Bingo Fundraiser April 30 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Grab your stampers and some friends and try your luck at Holy Savior Academy's (HA) first Designer Bag Bingo fundraiser. 

Scheduled for Saturday, April 30, the event, which will take place in the rec center cafeteria of Our Lady of Fatima (499 New Market Road, Piscataway) will offer attendees age 18 and older the opportunity to win purses by ...

Holy Savior Academy Holding 3rd 'Rise Up and Run' Fitness Challenge Fundraiser 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Holy Savior Academy (HSA) in South Plainfield has once again partnered with Get Movin' Inc. to host its third annual 'Storm Rise Up and Run' fitness challenge fundraiser. The theme for 2022 is 'Movin' to the Beat' and the initiative will run for 36 days, from April 1 through May 6. 

Through the fundraising effort, the goal is to ...

South Plainfield Public Library Celebrates Ramadan 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – This past weekend, a drop-in event hosted by the South Plainfield Public Library focused on the traditions, customs, and history of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. 

Ramadan – which runs from sundown April 2 to Sunday May 1 this year – is a month-long spiritual event that serves to bring followers closer to God through fasting, prayer, ...

Plainfield's duCret School of Art to Celebrate Life of Illustrator Peter Caras

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The duCret School of Art will celebrate the life of illustrator Peter Caras, who lost his battle with cancer on February 28. Born April 11, 1941, in Johnstown, PA, he taught at the Plainfield art school for over 40 years. According to Executive Director Tim O'Connor, since 1979, Caras "trained and mentored hundreds, if not thousands, of students. He encouraged his ...

Five South Plainfield Students Named Elks Americanism Essay Contest Winners

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – In an essay contest sponsored by the South Plainfield Elks #2298, five district students were selected as this year's winners by the organization's Americanism Committee. 

The contest is designed to provide students in fifth through eighth grade the opportunity to express views on their pride in America. For 2022, the theme was 'What Does ...

Ukrainian Flag Raised Over Middlesex County Administration Building, County Courthouse

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Ukrainian flag was hoisted into the wind-whipped, sleet-filled sky above the Middlesex County Administration Building and Middlesex County Courthouse on Saturday morning.

Below, about 50 people gathered shoulder to shoulder with representatives from the Ukrainian community in Central New Jersey, watching the flag ascend on Bayard Street.

This solemn ceremony ...

South Plainfielders Lost to the Pandemic to Be Honored with Putnam Park Memorial -

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Through a collaborative effort, South Plainfield will honor residents who lost their lives to COVID-19. In the coming months, a monument will be erected at Putnam Park and a brick pathway will serve as a way for family and friends to reflect and pay tribute. 

The idea for the memorial was that of lifelong resident Kristy Lowrie, who in April 2020 lost her ...

South Plainfield Elks Honor Diane Pender as "Citizen of the Year"

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — Elks Lodge #2298 honored local resident Diane Pender as its “Citizen of the Year.” Pender was among 11 award recipients honored Saturday at the New Jersey State Elks-Central District banquet held at Woodbridge Elks Lodge #2116.

In her biography Pender stated, “Growing up as a scout, I was able to lead all my children and many more ...

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Agent Spotlight: Kelly & Con Hartnett

Kelly and Con Hartnett, Sales Associates in the Livingston office, are a real estate power couple, ranking among the Top 2% of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices agents, nationwide. Kelly is an expert on the North Jersey market and one of BHHSNJ’s Certified Relocation Specialists. Whether you’re moving from the town over or crossing a few time zones, Kelly can guide you to your home of ...

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

Elizabeth “Donna” Annunziata, 59, passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at the ...
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Overlook Medical Center looks “Ahead” to hospital’s future at campaign kickoff

May 11, 2022

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 ...

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Receives Approval to Perform Non-Emergent Angioplasties

HAMILTON, NJ - As part of a system-wide initiative to increase access to a comprehensive range of essential cardiac care for residents throughout New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has secured approval from the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) to perform elective, or non-emergent, angioplasty procedures. This approval will ...

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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

If This Isn't You....

Hi everyone. Today we’ll be discussing something that directly affects a significant percentage of the estimated 1.2 BILLION people around the world who have disabilities. ff 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 ...

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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.  ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Discusses Local Marketing in a Digital World

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was a recent guest on Sergeant Marketing's Milestone Mindset Live speaking about Local Marketing in a Digital World. The series helps viewers attract and retain clients and donors.

Shapiro and host Nancy Sergeant talked about a number of topics, including the value of local marketing in the post-pandemic economy, how ...