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Disappointed for Different Reasons: South Plainfield Students React to Cancellation of In-Person Instruction 

May 26, 2020

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The announcement everyone pretty much expected was rendered on May 4, with Governor Phil Murphy officially canceling in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. 

While safety is of utmost concern, the decision to continue virtual learning through mid-June now means hundreds of South Plainfield students will not have the opportunity to ...

Sacred Heart Church and Holy Savior Academy to Live Stream First Friday Mass

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Church of the Sacred Heart will celebrate its May First Friday of the Month Mass live tomorrow, May 1, with assistance from students from Holy Savior Academy. The 9 a.m. service will mark the first time the South Plainfield-based church and school will come together for a live stream service.

“This is the first time and it should be wonderful,” ...

Bill Seesselberg Elected South Plainfield Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler - Congrats to All New Officers

SOUTH PLAINFIELD - Bill Seesselberg has been elected by members of the South Plainfield Elks Lodge 2298 as Exalted Ruler for the upcoming fraternal year.  Seesselberg, along with 14 members of the lodge, are new the leadership team for the next year.  A formal Installation of Officers ceremony will take place when the COVID-19 quarantine is over and normal activities ...

Remembering Travon: Community Pays Tribute to Dickson in Drive By Memorial Service

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A caravan comprised of close to 100 vehicles made its way slowly out of the PAL parking lot on Friday evening and headed toward Edgar Avenue to pay tribute to 14-year-old Travon Dickson. 

A freshman at South Plainfield High School (SPHS), Travon was diagnosed with brain cancer late last year and passed away on April 4. He was laid to rest on April 10 but, ...

Metuchen Bishop Tells Catholics It's OK to Eat Meat on Fridays

PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Rev. James Checchio, Bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen  has announced an abrupt and radical departure from the teachings of the Catholic Church - the faithful are permitted to eat meat on Fridays during the remainder of the Lenten season - except for Good Friday, April 10.

The Bishop said he granted the dispensation because of all the sacrifices being made in the ...

South Plainfield Elks Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner

SOUTH PLAINFIELD - South Plainfield Elks Lodge #2298 Veterans Committee held their Annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner on the evening of March 14.  Attendees dined on traditional Irish favorites, corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, carrots, Irish soda bread and an assortment of desserts.  

"This event went much better than expected," said Veterans Committee Chairman Brian ...

Coronavirus and the Church: Ways to Worship in South Plainfield

(Editor's Note: TAPinto South Plainfield made every attempt to include information on all places of worship located in the borough for this article; any congregation that wishes to have service information added or updated should contact

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – With social distancing in effect throughout the country, several of South Plainfield’s ...

Diocese of Metuchen Plans Suspends Public Masses

NEW JERSEY - The Diocese of Metuchen has suspended all public masses beginning on March 18. Public masses may not resume any earlier than April 3. The situation will be re-evaluated at that time and a decision will be made based on the circumstances regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Bishop Checchio released directives for churches within the Diocese of Metuchen to follow. The directives ...

Impact Church Addressing Coronavirus Concerns

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Impact Church in South Plainfield, in an effort to contain the potential spread of the coronavirus, will be moving to an online platform for services, effective immediately.

“We agree with the governor’s goal to do our part to limit exposure to the virus,” said De’Andre Salter, senior pastor of Impact Church. "We have made the ...

Masses still to be celebrated, obligation suspended in Diocese of Metuchen

PISCATAWAY – Facing the rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic, the Most Rev. James F. Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen, announced today that while Masses in the Diocese of Metuchen will continue to be celebrated, the faithful are not obligated to attend until the weekend of April 4 – 5, when the situation will be re-evaluated as circumstances unfold.

Catholic schools in the Diocese of ...


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Surprising Benefits of the Virtual Visit

When Atlantic Health System put telehealth into effect to help control the spread of COVID-19, I thought, I’m going to hate it. I felt strongly that there’s no substitute for in-person visits, and expected that trying to communicate using video apps would be cumbersome. So I was surprised to find that there are some real benefits to virtual medicine.

I noticed, for example, a ...


South Plainfield, NJ – Julian Cornelius Rydarowski, 90, passed away Friday, May 22, 2020, at ...
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Letters to the Editor

Boyle Memorial Foundation: COVID19 Donations Update

May 25, 2020

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 ...

How We Return to High School Sports in New Jersey

Dear Editor:

In my decades as an educator and school administrator, I’m hard pressed to find a situation as challenging as what we face related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last few months have been painful on many levels, from the heartbreaking loss of life to the millions who have suffered emotional and economic loss. It’s been a harrowing time for everyone.

For our students, ...

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!
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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 ...


The South Plainfield Public Library is still closed until further notice, but just because we’re closed, it doesn’t mean you can’t still access some of our great resources.  For our online databases, you will need a library barcode number (which is on the back of your library card) and a pin number (which is usually the last four digits of your phone number that you gave us ...

Press Releases

South Plainfield Debutante seeks Public's Help With Fundraiser

May 25, 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. I am currently seeking assistance in my fundraising efforts.

I am Alexis Robinson, and I am a senior at South Plainfield High School. I know first hand that during this Pandemic we need ...

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.  ...