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Letters to Editor

Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

April 1, 2015

Dear Editor-  Mr.Kubala's letter shows how fast he forgot all of the so-called "scandals" that occurred when he was a Democratic Councilman.  First, in all fairn...

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In the Schools

In The Schools

South Plainfield High School Student Council Luncheon

March 30, 2015

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield School District Superintendent Tom Gialanella hosted the South Plainfield High School Student Council luncheon and discussion on the student councils&...

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Featured Business Listing

Community Announcements

Have you seen Meow Meow?

March 31, 2015

LOST: SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ Missing from South Plainfield south central area. Black cat with white markings named Meow Meow. Just started going out and never wandered more then near the porch. ...

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Community Life

Community Life

Substance Abuse Poster Contest

March 31, 2015

The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203 is sponsoring a Substance Awareness Abuse Poster Contest.  Students are encouraged to develop an original poster and slogan ...

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Today's Events

Mayor's Wellness Corner

Mayor's Wellness Corner

SOUTH PLAINFIELD’S ANNUAL FAMILY

March 23, 2015

On Saturday, May 16, 2015, The Mayor’s Wellness Committee, in conjunction with JFK Health Systems will sponsor South Plainfield’s Family Health and Fitness Fair.  The event will...

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Borough Council News.........

Columns

South Plainfield Library

Bookmarks

As most of you know, our children’s room closed a couple of weeks ago as part of our ongoing expansion of the library, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any kids books to chec...

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Health Tips from Doctors Express

Doctors Express – South Plainfield Put Health First

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - As spring nears, many of us fall back into habits we swore on the new year we wouldn’t do anymore. This is why the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds us of t...

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South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203

Knights Sponsoring Substance Abuse Poster Contest

The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203 is sponsoring a Substance Awareness Abuse Poster Contest.  Students are encouraged to develop an original poster and slogan ...

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Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum

April Programs: Old Favorites (and New Ones!) at the Zimmerli Art Museum

New Brunswick, NJ – This April, the Zimmerli Art Museum offers new events and installations, in addition to recurring programs. Family favorites include Passport to Art, Music at the Museu...

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The Falcon's Nest

A Healthy Balance of Academics, Faith and Athletics

METUCHEN, NJ - Sports have acquired an almost religious status in many segments of our society. March Madness is rivaled only by the fervor generated by the NFL season and the march to the Super...

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On the Aisle

'Cinderella' Brings Classic Disney Magic Back to the Screen

One of the biggest challenges that Disney's new iteration of Cinderella faced was convincing the audience that it deserved to be made in the first place.  This marks the studio's fo...

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Guest Column

Awareness of Genetically Modified Organisms

The debate on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is more and more present every day.  GMOs are considered living organisms that do not occur in nature, but are genetically enhanced or mo...

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DOT Says Piscataway Can Keep Red Light Cameras for Now

By BOB JONES

November 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM

TRENTON, NJ - Despite a bipartisan plea from South Plainfield’s mayor and council, the state Department of Transportation said this week it would not require Piscataway to take down its red light cameras along South Plainfield’s border.

In a Nov. 7 letter, Assistant DOT Commissioner Anthony J. Attanasio said that Piscataway’s cameras are part of a five-year pilot program and that data from the intersections is needed so the department can “make sound safety recommendations to the Governor and State Legislature” about whether the program should continue.

According to Attanasio, while accidents may be up in South Plainfield, this is not the norm elsewhere. 

“South Plainfield’s experience of increasing crash data during the first year of (red light cameras) is not unique; however, it is not the norm either,” said Attanasio.  “Based on past data, (red light camera) locations as a group show across-the-board decreases in right angle, rear-end and total crashes.”

But South Plainfield Mayor Matthew Anesh remained unconvinced. “We’re seeing more accidents, plain and simple,” the mayor said. “They make the roads less safe.  It’s about money, not safety.”

Anesh said he’ll continue to fight to get the cameras removed, and he urged residents to write the DOT and state legislature.  “The five-year pilot ends in 2014.  People need to let their legislators know that they are against this program and that it should be shelved.”   

In the meantime, Anesh said he will be consulting with the borough’s lawyers to see if there is anything else that can be done about the cameras that affect South Plainfield residents.  “If there is something we can do, we’ll do it,” Anesh said.