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Mayor's Wellness Corner

Mayor's Wellness Corner

South Plainfield’s Annual Family Health and Fitness Fair on May 16

April 12, 2015

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

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Caught on a Walk Series

Caught On a Walk - Sandi Smith & Ryan Yannetta

April 15, 2015

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Caught on a Walk program, sponsored by the Mayor’s Wellness Committee supports walking and healthy lifestyles in South Plainfield.  The program is designed ...

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Letters to Editor

Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

April 25, 2015

 Dear Editor-  I normally don't answer letters twice, but this time I have to respond to Ed Kubala's letter, it appears he is still spewing over the land deal on the south s...

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In the Schools

In The Schools

South Plainfield Middle School “Battle of the Teams”

April 22, 2015

The South Plainfield Middle School PTO hosted the annual South Plainfield Middle School Battle of the Teams, which is a day of competition between the eighth grade teams and the seventh grade te...

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Featured Business Listing

Community Announcements

19th Annual James and Doris Boyle Memorial Golf Tournament – June 6th

April 20, 2015

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The 19th Annual James and Doris Boyle Memorial Golf Tournament will take place on Saturday, June 6, 2015.  It will be held on Heron Glen Golf Course at 110 State...

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Community Life

Community Life

Public Celebrations Committee Announces Labor Day Parade Theme: Celebrating Our Heritage

April 22, 2015

  SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Borough Public Celebrations Committee is excited to announce the 2015 Labor Day Parade Theme "Celebrating Our Heritage" honoring ...

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Today's Events

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Columns

South Plainfield Library

Bookmarks

Now that the weather is warming up and the sun is staying out longer, it’s the perfect time to start working on your gardens and putting new plants in the ground.  Lucky for you the l...

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Jeffrey Strauss, Esq.

Is Arbitration Eroding Consumer Rights?

The concept of a ‘jury by peers’ was one of the cornerstones of the U.S. Constitution.  The concept of third party resolution, or arbitration, has also been historically used to...

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The Real Estate Corner

Social Security Benefits Information Session - Hosted by the Moretti Team

Moretti Team to host Social Security Benefits Information Session On Saturday May 2, 2015 at 10:00 am The Moretti Team will host a Social Security Information Session at Berkshire Hatha...

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Health Tips from Doctors Express

Spring Cleaning for a Healthier Home

Spring has arrived, and it’s time for a little spring cleaning! A clean home is one way to embrace the season and focus on your health at the same time. It’s easy to blame spring pol...

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Beth's Book Review

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

EDISON, NJ - On April 2, 1917 President Woodrow Wilson addressed Congress to announce that “The world must be made safe for democracy,” and thus decreed that the United States finally w...

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Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum

Zimmerli Installs Recent Acquisition, Walking Man by George Segal

New Brunswick, NJ – There’s a new presence on the College Avenue Campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick: Walking Man, a permanent outdoor installation by internationally renow...

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South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club

South Plainfield Junior Baseball Opening Day 2015

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club (SPJBC) had its opening day parade and ceremony on April 11, 2015. Despite one of the worst winters in a generation, the ba...

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Guest Column

What has the Rutgers Greek Life Ban Really Proved?

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It has been about two week since some Rutgers University administrators have placed a campus wide ban on all Greek life parties.  With plenty of sunshine filled days in ...

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South Plainfield Residents Criticize Piscataway’s Red Light Cameras

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – In the five days since The Alternative Press of South Plainfield released an analysis showing a 50% spike in auto crashes near red light cameras along the Piscataway border, the reactions from South Plainfield residents are anything but vague.  

“It’s not for driver safety,” said South Plainfield resident Walter Leonard, “but a way to make money.  Period!”

“They are dangerous,” added Judith Wanthouse. 

Wanthouse and Leonard’s comments were typical of those posted on The Alternative Press of South Plainfield’s Facebook page.

 “I abhor these cameras with a passion,” said Greg Heim when telling fellow readers his opinion. 

Another resident explained how he received two tickets in the mail the day before the article hit.  “I will be counting my Mississippi’s as I stop at the light before the white line,” said Ken Wolpin. 

Wolpin explained how Piscataway has a special court night just to handle red-light-camera tickets.  “This entire issue is extremely frustrating,” he said.

Walter Thompson explained why he thinks accidents are up. “People see the yellow light and jump on the brakes to avoid getting a ticket, only to be rear ended,” he said.

Readers also criticized Piscataway for installing the cameras.  “Those cameras only make money for Piscataway” said one reader. “It’s a trap and a money maker,” added South Plainfield resident Sharon Lemos Scalera.

While the story highlighted the problems that Piscataway’s red light cameras cause in South Plainfield, the findings received statewide attention.  News 12 New Jersey ran a television feature based on the story, and radio stations WWOR and NJ-101.5 used the findings as fodder for talk-radio programing.  

Longtime South Plainfield resident Jay Edmondson expressed the sentiment most people did statewide.  “They are just money makers,” said Edmondson.  He went on to explain how Arizona removed the cameras when the state saw an increase in accidents.

Based on the increase in accidents, South Plainfield Mayor Matt Anesh has announced that he plans to introduce a resolution Tuesday night asking the state’s Department of Transportation to require Piscataway and Middlesex County to remove the cameras.  Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan pledged to support the effort, as well as vote against the cameras when the legislature revisits them next year.

The Alternative Press of South Plainfield contacted Piscataway Mayor Brian Wahler and Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald Rios for comment but neither responded.  Both Piscataway and Middlesex County receive a portion of the $85 fine.