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Month-Long Ramadan Celebration Focuses on Prayer, Community, and More 

April 24, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Around the world – and right here in the Borough of South Plainfield – Muslims are currently celebrating Ramadan. Taking place in 2021 from April 13 through May 12, the month-long spiritual event serves to bring those of the Islamic faith closer to God through fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. 

"The focus of Ramadan is on ...

Joe Vella Turns 100 Years Young

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Joe Vella, a resident of South Plainfield for the past decade, turned 100-years young on April 22. 

"It's kind of baffling in a way," Vella told TAPinto South Plainfield. "In one way, I tend to wonder how come I was so fortunate to arrive at this age when so many don't, but then I have also been doing some reminiscing and ...

Somerset Patriots Chairman Emeritus Steve Kalafer Dies at 71

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Somerset Patriots Chairman Emeritus, and chairman and CEO of Flemington Care & Truck Country, Steve Kalafer died Wednesday.

"I was absolutely shocked and saddened today to hear about the passing of Steve Kalafer," Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. "Steve has left an indelible mark on Bridgewater Township ...

Piscataway: Kenneth Armwood Remembered for a 'Life Well Lived'

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Remembrances of “Ya gotta do something” and “Leave a mark that can't erase” described the life and legacy of Kenneth Armwood, Middlesex County Deputy Commissioner, East Brunswick’s Economic Development Officer, and long-time Piscataway resident on Monday.

The late morning funeral service for Armwood, who passed away March 29 at age 46 ...

Holy Savior Academy Hosting 2nd Annual 'Rise Up and Run' 30-Day Fitness Challenge

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Holy Savior Academy (HSA) in South Plainfield has partnered with Get Movin' Inc. to host its second annual Storm Rise Up and Run Fitness Challenge. The goal of the month-long fundraising effort, which runs from April 1 to April 30, is to get members of the HSA community active while raising money for the pre-K through 8th grade ...

Black History Month Being Celebrated Throughout South Plainfield High School

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – February is Black History Month and, at South Plainfield High School (SPHS), classroom lessons, virtual assemblies, Tiger TV segments and more are taking place in an effort to increase awareness and recognize those who played a role in history. 

"We planned to bring in a really good program that would have enabled our students to work together and have ...

Five Winners from South Plainfield Middle School Selected for Annual VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition on Patriotism

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – Recipients of the Annual Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition were awarded certificates on Jan. 27 in front of the South Plainfield Middle School (SPMS). Out of 125 entries from SPMS, five eighth graders were selected by the VFW for their essays. This year’s theme was, “What Does Patriotism Mean to Me.” The winners were ...

Celebrating the Year of the Ox in South Plainfield

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Lunar New Year marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendars, traditional to many east Asian countries including China, Korea, and Vietnam and regulated by the cycles of the moon and sun. Lunar New Year will be celebrated this year on Friday, Feb. 12 and 2021 is the Year of the Ox. 

"On this special day, families gather to celebrate and ...

Grant School Celebrating Black History Month With Themed Events

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Throughout February, the Grant School Guidance Department will be hosting a series of themed weeks in observance of Black History Month that will include inspirational  quotes, guest speakers, informative lessons and virtual games. 

"What I like to remind people is that Black history is American history and although our targeted time to celebrate is ...

Bradley Young Poised For Big Basketball Season at Union Catholic

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In Union Catholic's latest installment of Feature Friday, the spotlight shines on senior Bradley Young.

Young, who lives in South Plainfield, is an Honor Roll student and a member of the basketball team at UC.

Here is our Q and A with Young.

Can you list all the awards/honors you have received at UC? Honor Roll, academic awards etc. or anything ...


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The Athlete of the Week: Kshama Parekh Girls’ Volleyball Outside Hitter

Last week while spring sports were getting underway, conference awards were being finalized for season three.  Junior Kshama Parekh was honored as an All-White Division Volleyball Player. Her aggressive style and hard work ensured her this distinction. 

On the season, Kshama led the team with 87 kills during the shortened season.  She also had the most digs for the team at ...

The Athlete of the Week Anthony White Wrestling

The South Plainfield High School Wrestling Team competed in the NJSIAA State Wrestling Tournament at Phillipsburg High School this past weekend and had tremendous success.  The Tigers sent two wrestlers to the state tournament and both wrestlers placed in the top 8 of their weight class.  Junior, Jeffrey Jacome completed his great season by placing 4th in a very tough 106lb. weight ...


Richard Stoeckel, 68, passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2021 in the Haven Hospice at JFK Medical Center ...
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Community Happenings

Mother's Day Breakfast "To Go" Today!

May 9, 2021

South Plainfield Elks #2298 will be hosting their annual Mother's Day Breakfast "TO GO" this year due to the pandemic.
The Drive-Up event is hosted by the Past Exalted Rulers and will be held on Mother's Day - Sunday, May 9th, 2021. Drive-up Hours will be 8:00am - 12 Noon. 
The cost of the breakfast is one price only - $8 and will include the following ...

2021 SPHS PTOO Used Clothing Drive

South Plainfield HS PTO-O Clothing Drive May 1

The SPHS PTO-O is hosting a clothing drive on Saturday, May 1 from 10am to 3pm. Have you finished your spring-cleaning? This is a convenient way to get rid of your unwanted clothes and household items. A truck will be located in the back parking lot of South Plainfield High School. All new and used men, women and children’s clothing, ...

Girl Scout Troop 65042 Dedicates Tree to Honor Those Who Lost Their Lives Due to COVID-19

May 5, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD - Girl Scout Troop 65042 planted a weeping cherry tree in Willow Park on April 30 in remembrance of those in the community who passed away from COVID-19. Mayor Matthew Anesh, Councilwoman Christine Faustini, Councilman Derryck White, Library Director Linda Hansen, Library Board member Ray Rusnak, and parents were present to support the troop's efforts to recognize ...

Autistic South Plainfield Singer/Songwriter and TikTok Influencer, Cory Singer, Releases Newest Single and Video

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – South Plainfield’s own Cory Singer recently released the video for his single, “Someone,” a song he wrote about wanting to fall in love with someone who truly understands you. Singer is a singer-songwriter, musician, theater performer, and autism advocate. Diagnosed with autism at 4 years old, Singer knows the challenges. During the pandemic, the ...

2nd Annual Classic/Custom Car Show May 22nd—10AM to 4PM (rain date May 23rd)

2nd Annual Classic/Custom Car Show May 22nd—10AM to 4PM (rain date May 23rd)

This is a Community Outreach Event to support


South Plainfield Avenue & Old Hamilton Blvd. from Front St. to Church St.

Trophies, door prizes, raffles, giveaways and DJ “Hot Rod Mike”.

All makes and models ...

Sayreville's Brandon Bielak, Saint Joseph HS Grad, Pitches Against the Yankees

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Brandon Bielak, a Sayreville native who played his high school baseball at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen), took the mound for the Houston Astros against the Yankees Tuesday evening in a hostile Yankee Stadium, where fans released their anger over Houston's sign-stealing scandal became public following the 2019 ALCS.

Bielak had the thrill of ...

Upcoming Events


Thu, May 13, 11:00 AM

The Beth Greenhouse, Newark

Seedling & Plant Sale

Home & Garden


Thu, May 13, 4:30 PM

South Plainfield Public Library, South Plainfield

Korean Cooking with Mija

Food & Drink

Thu, May 13, 6:30 PM

Event in Online, New Brunswick

RU Ready to Garden Webcast returns for Spring of ...

Education Green Home & Garden


Tue, May 18, 1:00 PM

Wesley United Methodist Church, South Plainfield

South Plainfield Blood Drive - Urgent Need for ...

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Thu, May 20, 6:30 PM

Event in Online, New Brunswick

RU Ready to Garden Webcast returns for Spring of ...

Education Green Home & Garden


Sat, May 22, 10:00 AM

South Plainfield

2nd Annual Classic/Custom Car Show May 22nd—10AM ...


Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininty, and Power

Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power by Neal Gabler. (Yale 

Univ. Press, 2016).

Stephen Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell. (Yale Univ. Press, 2017)


My family complains each year at holiday time that I am impossible to buy gifts for. This is true because, usually, if I want something, I purchase it myself. They ask me for lists, but even ...


It might only be May, but we’re counting down the days to summer. Yes, it’s almost that time of year again, and our Summer Reading Program is on the way. We’re gearing up for a season of exciting programs, prizes and personalized book recommendations. Keep an eye out for more details in the weeks to come.

In the meantime, the library continues to be open in a limited capacity ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Fighting Fatigue: How To Sleep Better And Longer

Getting a good night’s sleep plays a vital role in your overall health. Sleeping recharges your body and brain to help prepare and energize you for each new day. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can cause a slew of problems, including memory issues and an increased risk for car accidents.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 26-64 need seven to nine hours of sleep ...

Bringing Spring Inside: Adding Pops of Color in Every Room

As the weather warms up, spring colors are arriving in home décor trends. Whether you’re inviting guests over in person or continuing your distanced Zoom calls, you’ll want to incorporate pops of spring color into every room of your house. Fortunately, adding color doesn’t have to break the bank, and you can easily experiment with the best way to invigorate your spaces ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day: 4 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to tell the caregivers in your life how special they are. By highlighting Mom’s favorite things in your celebrations, you’ll be able to shine a light on everything unique about her. If you’re looking for interesting ways to host a Mother’s Day celebration for a group, big or small, here are four memorable events that will leave Mom ...

Understanding SPF for Healthy Summer Skin

As we head outside to take advantage of the warmer weather, skincare and sun safety should be top priorities. While the sun’s rays provide countless benefits, the ultraviolet (or UV) components of sunlight are damaging to our skin. A sunburn from overexposure isn’t just temporarily painful - the UV rays that cause a burn are doing long-term damage to your skin cells that’s ...

4 Unique and Meaningful Ways to Decorate for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to think about decorations that will brighten up your home as well as show Mom that she’s a unique, valued person in your family. With a few simple touches, it’s easy to create meaningful decorations that highlight the things that she loves best. Here are four great ways to add some color and style to Mom’s favorite ...

Press Releases

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Participates in Virtual Symposium on Maternal Health and Perinatal Safety

May 12, 2021

Newark NJ (May 12, 2021)- Experts from the Women’s Health Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBI) will participate in the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey’s 3rd Annual Maternal Health and Perinatal Safety Symposium on Thursday, May 13, from 8:15am – 1:30pm.

NBI’s virtual booth will include information about the hospital’s ...

RWJ Rahway Opens Newly Renovated Medical/Surgical Unit

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway opened its newly renovated 3E with a host of patient-focused amenities that include a family lounge and nourishment station for visitors, flat screen TVs in each room, large bathrooms and in-room work stations for the clinical staff to keep them close to the bedside.  

The new unit, whose renovation was halted during the Covid-19 ...

Diabetes Friendly Meals

So many people with diabetes tell us that they don't know what to eat. Or that they restrict foods like fruit or vegetables from their diets. Or they are tired of making different meals for the family. 

We think we can help. Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator Diane Weeks will be showing you some simple and delicious meals that are so good, everyone will love them.  This ...