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Letters to Editor

Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

March 24, 2015

 Dear Editor-          I'd like to comment on Mr. Joe Lambert’s letters concerning the now infamous flag poles. It looks like this is g...

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In the Schools

In The Schools

South Plainfield High School Students Honored: John Chillemi and Joshua Stasenko

March 21, 2015

The Middlesex County School Boards Association and the Association of School Administrators hosted the 30th Annual Student Recognition Program honoring outstanding Juniors and Seniors in Middles...

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Featured Business Listing

Community Announcements

South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Hold Annual Keystone Community Luncheon

March 27, 2015

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council 6203 held their annual Keystone Community Lunch at the Holy Savior Academy on March 14th. Every Month Sacred Heart Church h...

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Community Life

Community Life

Citadel Cadet Robert Waldrop joins the Class of 2016 Summerall Guards

March 22, 2015

CHARLESTON, SC -- When they move, people stop to watch. Since 1932 The Citadel's Summerall Guards have provided precision drill performances and made appearances, representing the best of th...

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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.........

South Plainfield Borough Council News

Borough Council Meeting of March 16

March 17, 2015

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -There was second reading of ordinance #2018, an ordinance amending ordinance No. 1953 entitled “An ordinance of the Borough of South Plainfield, county of Middlesex, ...

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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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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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Senator Peter J. Barnes, III

BARNES-VITALE BILL TO PROTECT INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES RELOCATED FROM CLOSING DEVELOPMENTAL CENTERS ADVANCES

Legislation Would Require Individuals to be Placed within a 30-Mile Radius of Development Center  TRENTON – In response to the deaths of two North Jersey men who choked to death a...

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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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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.