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Legendary Band Leader Paul Shaffer Tells Steve Adubato How He was Inspired by Comedy Icons Early in his Career

February 19, 2020

NEW JERSEY -- Paul Shaffer is widely known as the former Musical Director of both Late Night with David Letterman and The Late Show with David Letterman, during which he was often involved in skits and the general hijinx of the production. However, as Shaffer tells Steve Adubato, he wasn’t always comfortable being gregarious and, in fact, grew up being an introverted kid until a 1972 ...

The Ancient History of Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is widely known as the day of the year when love is celebrated, and indeed, February has been a month of romance for centuries. The St. Valentine’s Day we observe today evolved both from ancient Roman and early Christian history.

There are many legends about who St. Valentine was. One story dates from the third century A.D. Apparently, Emperor Claudius II of Rome ...

Cedar Grove Ambulance & Rescue Squad: Great Way to Volunteer and Help the Community

CEDAR GROVE, NJ -- The Cedar Grove Ambulance & Rescue Squad is seeking new volunteers to become members of their team, especially young people and students. 

“I can’t think of anything that’s more important than what we do,” said Alan Chadrjian, an EMT and Driver with the Rescue Squad. “This is a place where you can meet people, and learn things that will ...

Small Business Spotlight: Maplewood, NJ’s Oldest Business Shares the Lessons of their Longevity

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Maplewood’s oldest business, Woolley Home Solutions, spoke with TAPintoTV about their long history in town and how they've been able to maintain their success for 95 years. 

“It’s a lot to live up to,” said Norman E. Woolley. “It’s important to support the town that’s allowed you to thrive and be able to be successful for that ...

Free Concert Showcases Award-Winning Vocalists at 2020 Jersey Harmony Explosion

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- On Saturday, February 8, world-class a cappella and barbershop singers will be performing at a free concert at the annual Jersey Harmony Explosion festival at James Caldwell High School in West Caldwell, NJ. 

Jersey Harmony Explosion brings student singers together with professional quartets for a day of community, collaboration and celebration. “It’s all ...

New York Times Film Critic A.O. Scott Shares Top Film Picks with Steve Adubato

NEW JERSEY -- The New York Times’ Chief Film Critic, A.O. Scott, appeared recently on One-on-One with Steve Adubato to share some of his picks for top films of the past decade as well as the past year. 

Fellow New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis and Scott compiled their list of the “Most Influential Films of the Decade” at the end of last year based upon ...

“Celebrate the Underdog” Film Festival Screens 2020 Oscar Shorts in Montclair, NJ

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- On Saturday, February 8, all of the short films nominated for the Oscars this year will be shown at Buzz Aldrin Middle School in Montclair, NJ. The “Celebrate the Underdog” Film Festival will showcase all 15 shorts nominated in the Live Action, Animated and Documentary categories just ahead of the Academy Awards broadcast, which airs on Sunday, February ...

State of the Union: Facts & History of the Presidential Address

Tonight, on the occasion of the 97th “State of the Union,” TAPintoTV looks back at the history of the annual address. 

Nancy Pelosi, the current Speaker of the House of Representatives, sent an invitation to President Trump to deliver his next State of the Union address just two days after his impeachment by the House in December. Tuesday’s speech will be the second ...

Biens Chocolate Centerpieces Introduces Sweet & Shareable Dessert for Valentine’s Day Gifting

STIRLING, NJ -- Searching for a unique and delicious way to celebrate Valentine’s Day for your partner, friends or colleagues this year? Look no further than a bien tower, a centerpiece creation made by a mother and daughter New Jersey duo known as the Dessert Ladies.

Biens are made of chocolate cake truffle and coated in either milk, white or dark chocolate. Each tower comes with 50 ...

New Jersey Security Consultant Offers Safety Seminars to the Community

PARSIPPANY, NJ -- Louis Valori spoke with TAPintoTV about his work presenting seminars on safety issues to the community. Valori is the Owner of The Valori Group, a private investigation and security consulting firm, and has a background in both the military and local law enforcement. 

“We live in a fast and furious world and I think that I’m just a tool to educate the ...

Retracing Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Steps through the South

SOUTHERN U.S. -- TAPintoTV recently visited Atlanta, Memphis and Birmingham, where we traveled in the footsteps of the great American Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Atlanta is the birthplace of Dr. King, and is also home to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park. The 35-acre park is comprised of several buildings, and the Visitor Center museum contains ...

TAPintoTV Joins News12+ To Reach Millions of Online and Broadcast Viewers Across the Tri-State Metro Area

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Altice USA’s News 12+, a television news broadcast channel available on cable systems throughout the NY/NJ/CT tri-state area, has added TAPintoTV to its programming schedule. The weekly TAPintoTV program, which airs Sundays at 11AM EST, will feature topical news and lifestyle segments, reaching over 3 million viewers that comprise the News 12+ audience.

“An ...

Third Annual Lincoln of Wayne Car and Bike Show Raises Money For First Responders

WAYNE, NJ - The third-annual Lincoln of Wayne Black Label Car & Bike show raised money for first responders including the Wayne Fire Department, Wayne EMS and the Wayne PBA.

"Every event we put on over the course of the year is always a fundraiser, so today we raise money for the community that supports us all year long.. that's our first responders," said Lincoln of Wayne ...

Westfield International Film Festival Honors Actress Persia White at the James Ward Mansion

WESTFIELD, NJ - The TAPintoTV team caught up with Westfield International Film Festival organizers Gina Marie Rodriguez and Stacy Ignacio at the James Ward Mansion.

"We're in our sixth year of operation and we're located here at the James Ward mansion - which is a beautiful beautiful space..." said WIFF Assistant Director Stacey Ignacio

WIFF partner, John Ward noted ...

West Orange Downtown Alliance Creates Two Historic Murals With Spray-Painting Robot

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange NJ Downtown Alliance has partnered with Estonian inventor, Mikhel Joala, to create two historic murals using "Albert" - Joala's automated spray-painting robot.

"This is cutting edge technology - the robot is the only one like it in the world." said West Orange NJ historian, Joe Fagan. Named after its first print, a portrait of Albert ...

17th Annual Garden State Film Festival Now Accepting Submissions

ASBURY PARK, NJ — The 17th Annual Garden State Film Festival, New Jersey's premier independent film festival®, is now accepting submissions for 2019, including entry into its film, screenplay, movie music, and Rising Star Award competitions.

"The wonderful thing about the Garden State Film Festival is that we're back in Asbury Park," says David W. Schoner Jr., GSFF ...

World-Class Vocal Groups Mentor Young Singers at Jersey Harmony Explosion

WEST CALDWELL, NJ - This year's Jersey Harmony Explosion, a festival where professional acapella and barbershop performers bring their talents and expertise to aspiring singers, was hosted at James Caldwell High School in West Caldwell, NJ.

"I loved hearing all the barbershop quartets sing for us. I found that was completely inspiring," said Christina Freeman, a participant ...

ROI-NJ Celebrates One Year Anniversary Of Online And Print Publication

CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ - Tom Bergeron, Editor and Chief Content Officer of ROI-NJ, speaks with TAPintoTV on the one-year anniversary of its launch. ROI-NJ (Return on Information, New Jersey) is a media company created to inform and connect businesses across the state.

"We're thrilled to celebrate the one-year anniversary of ROI-NJ. It's been a year, and we're stunned," ...

Maplewood NJ Chamber Executive Director On Building A Community of Small Businesses

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - "A membership in the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce is a gift that a small business can give to itself," said the Executive Director of the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce, Lorraine Labonne-Storch.

The Maplewood Chamber brings business owners together into a supportive community, she said. "You have like-minded individuals with common purpose getting together, ...

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The Athlete of the Week Thomas Renna Wrestling

The South Plainfield High School Wrestling Team won their sixth consecutive sectional title this past Friday as they defeated Rumson – Fair Haven 42-30 in front of a packed house in Anthony Cotoia Gymnasium.  The Tigers traveled down to the State Group Tournament on Sunday where they fell to the Eagles of West Deptford concluding their dual meet season.  Overall the Tigers ...

The Athlete of the Week: Mackenzie O’Brien Girls’ Basketball Forward

The South Plainfield Girls’ Basketball team is starting to peak at the right time of the season.  This past week the Lady Tigers won all three games they played. On Tuesday, South Plainfield defeated Woodbridge by a score of 57-36.  Thursday the Lady Tigers had a rematch against North Brunswick.  This time South Plainfield dominated them 45-24.  Then in another ...

Community Members, Family Foundation Mark American Heart Month with $2.5 Million Donation to Gagnon Cardiovascular Center Expansion

As individuals and organizations across the nation gather to raise awareness of heart disease during American Heart Month, Thomas P. and Sally Mac Mahon and Ken and Claudia Silverman have marked the occasion by giving $1.5 and $1 million, respectively, to further expand the largest cardiovascular program in the state — Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center. The ...

Atlantic Health System and CentraState Healthcare System Announce Clinical Affiliation

Partnership Enhances Community Health Care Quality and Access

Atlantic Health System and CentraState Healthcare System today announced a clinical affiliation that will provide enhanced access to high-quality specialty health care services to the communities of central Jersey. The affiliation will accelerate the growth of CentraState’s oncology and neuroscience programs through linkages ...

Obituaries

South Plainfield – Michael J. Slover, 63, died Sunday, February 24, 2020 at Robert Wood ...
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Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor from the SPJBC

February 24, 2020

Dear Friend and Business Owner, 

 

            On Behalf of the South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club, SPJBC, we would like to ask for your support by becoming a Sign Sponsor. Your sign(s) will be displayed on the Ballpark’s Outfield Fences during the Baseball season for everyone’s viewing pleasure. Without the ...

Letter to the Editor from Samantha Kaczmarczyk

I would like to start by saying thank you to all of you for your support and donations. I am pleased to announce that we have met our goal for the diabetic alert dog. We couldn’t have done this without the support from all who have donated. So, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We truly appreciate everything this community and beyond for all your help and prayers. We can’t even ...

Community Happenings

19th Amendment Centennial Essay Contest

February 24, 2020

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of women being granted the right to vote, South Plainfield 7th and 8th grade students, as well has high school students grades 9th through 12th are invited to submit an essay highlighting an activist who had a connection to New Jersey, and to explain the importance of his or her role to the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

 

Grades 7th and 8th ...

12th Annual Blood Drive Held on February 4, 2020

February 25, 2020

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Borough Mayor’s Wellness Committee in conjunction with the South Plainfield High School student council and advisor Tony Encinas , hosted our 12th annual blood drive on February 4, 2020, at the South Plainfield High School auditorium, sponsored by the New Jersey /New York Blood Centers.  The blood drive was open to all residents and donors ...

South Plainfield Residents Join the Annual Polar Bear Plunge

February 25, 2020

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ - They did it.  South Plainfield  residents took the drive down the shore and plunged into the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday in support of Special Olympics New Jersey at the Annual Polar Bear Plunge. 

For some it was the first time and for others it is an annual outing with family, friends and neighbors.  No matter the amount of times, it is certain ...

TAPinto South Plainfield Wants to Know: Who is Taking the Polar Bear Plunge Today?

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ – The weather is supposed to be warmer today in New Jersey, and an anticipated 7,500 people are planning to take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean as part of the annual Polar Bear Plunge.  According to organizers the annual event is the largest fundraising event for the Specials Olympics New Jersey.  

If you live in South Plainfield and are ...

South Plainfield and Edison Police Departments Requesting Public’s Assistance in Identifying Burglary Suspect

The South Plainfield Police Department, along with the Edison Police Department, are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a male suspect who has been connected to a rash of commercial burglaries. The incidents have occurred over the past year near the Route 287 corridor.  The suspect is described as a black male, between 30 - 40 years of age, 6’0” - ...

Upcoming Events

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Wed, February 26, 6:00 AM

NJT Dunellen Train Station, Dunellen

Ash Wednesday - Ashes to Go!

Religions And Spirituality

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Fri, February 28, 5:00 PM

South Plainfield

Sacred Heart Lenten Fish Dinners

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Fri, February 28, 5:00 PM

St. Joseph High School - Cafeteria, Metuchen

Lenten Fish Fry

Food & Drink

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Sat, February 29, 4:00 PM

Shiloh Baptist Church, Plainfield

Jazz in the Sanctuary - Shiloh Baptist Church

Arts & Entertainment

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Sat, February 29, 5:00 PM

South Plainfield

Sacred Heart Lenten Fish Dinners

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Fri, March 6, 5:00 PM

South Plainfield

Sacred Heart Lenten Fish Dinners

Columns

Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties

Chaos: Charles Manson the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties. John 

O’Neill and Dan Piepenbring  (New York: Little Brown, 2019).

It took me three weeks to read Chaos:Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties. Although fascinating, with its detailed analysis of the true motives for the Manson crimes in Los Angeles, 1969, the prose was dense and a ...

Residents Invited To Meet Freeholder Director Ron Rios At 7:00 Pm On February 25th

Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ron Rios will be the guest speaker at the meeting of the South Plainfield Democratic Organization on Tuesday February 25th.    The meeting will be held at Sherbans Diner and will start at 7:00 pm.   The public is welcome to attend.

Democratic Chair Vinnie Buttiglieri commented: “We are looking forward to talking with ...

Bookmarks

Did you miss a movie that you wanted to see in the theaters and don’t want to pay to rent it or for the DVD? Come to “Monday Night Movies” at the library.  It’s all the fun of a movie theater but none of the cost.  We are showing brand new releases every Monday night and we will be providing popcorn for all who attend. Please note that the doors for the movie ...

Press Releases

Updates from PSE & G

February 25, 2020

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - PSE&G has announced that new gas mains have been installed on Clifford St., Tompkins Ave., Field Ave., and S. Central Ave., and that installation work is continuing on Field Ave., Grant Ave., Leeds Dr., and O’Donohue Ave.

Further installation work by PSE&G crews is slated for Baker Ave., Conklin Dr., Mahar Ave., Anna Pl., Delekas Ave., Field Ave., Thomas ...

The Harlem Wizards are Back in Town

Roosevelt Elementary School, with the help of Kennedy, Riley, Franklin and Grant Schools proudly present our 3rd annual Harlem Wizards event!

Please come out and watch our own South Plainfield Teaching Tigers play against the Harlem Wizards.  The SP Teaching Tigers will feature the following superstars:

Roosevelt: Dr. Goman, Mr. Bertram, Ms. Lair, Mr. Gerardi, Ms. Maroulis, Mrs.

Affordable Energy for New Jersey Coalition Launches with Support of Business, Labor, Civic and Energy Interests

In response to the recently released New Jersey Energy Master Plan (EMP), representatives of labor, energy, business and civic groups have come together to launch Affordable Energy for New Jersey.  The Coalition will work to ensure New Jersey residents continue to have safe, reliable and affordable choices to meet their energy needs.

“The EMP’s emphasis on a move to complete ...