Press Release & News Archive 2008

Friends of the Carpenter Housing Rehabilitation Program 2008 - 2009 here for Pre-Application and more information

Help with Heat, Utilities, Foreclosure? A 'How to' Guide for help. The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel, Crisis Ministry more
Police Badge Motor Vehicle Fatal Crash 12/29/2008 more
Police Badge Fatal Accident 12/11/2008 more
Dollar a Month - In these very difficult times we need to help our neighbors. Could you spend just a Dollar A Month to help needy people in North Plainfield? more
Read information on Somerset County Office on Aging by clicking here
Toys for Tots drop box is located at Citibank in North Plainfield at 770 Route 22 East.
Learn about the Trans Hudson Express Tunnel:

"THE Tunnel" is a project which promises huge benefits for communities along the Raritan Valley Line railroad. Construction of the new Hudson River tunnel and related track and station improvements will permit a “one seat ride” into mid-town Manhattan and drastically cut commuting time. This has the potential to increase property values in those towns serviced by the rail corridor as they become more desirable to commuters. The project will also provide short term benefits in terms of creating new jobs and boosting our State’s economy. more

In addition to the article below, more information is available through the following links:

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North Plainfield Police Chief William Parenti announced the arrest of two men in connection with an armed robbery Wednesday night, November 19. more
Mark Your Calendars!
Friday, December 12th. Recreation is hosting the First Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Vermuele Center at 7 p.m. Every year Recreation will plant a new tree in an effort to help North Plainfield become a "GREEN" community. Come join us for hot cocoa, donuts, Christmas Carols and other holiday festivities as we light a newly planted spruce. This is a community event. Everyone is invited. More information ...

Take a look at the Warrenbrook Senior Center's Special Events and Special Events Calendar for December 2008
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Third Annual Bi-Lingual Health Fair more
Facade Improvement Project Completed more
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Arrests made in November 4th attempted more
Attention: Recreation Basketball and Wrestling. Extra night added for registration !!!! Monday November 3rd from 7pm – 8 pm. If you have not registered your son or daughter yet, you may come to the REC Office at the Vermuele Center on Clinton Ave. If you plan to play on a Travel Basketball team, you must be registered with Recreation. The details are on the Recreation home page.
Full Scale Crisis drill planned for North Plainfield high school and middle school campus on Wilson Avenue on Thursday November 6, 2008 read more...
View 2008 Election Results for North Plainfield here... or all County results here...
Talent Bank Application North Plainfield’s quality of life is enhanced by many volunteers who give their time, effort, and ideas to the community.  It is the desire of Mayor Allen and the Borough Council that citizens become involved in community events and volunteer to serve on our various Boards, Committees and Commissions.  If you are interested in serving your community in this capacity, you are encouraged to complete the Talent Bank Application and send it to Mayor Allen’s office.  It will be reviewed and kept on file for future consideration.  Please note that almost all Boards, Committees, and Commissions meet regularly and these meetings are open to the public - you are entitled and encouraged to attend these meetings.  Please contact the Clerk’s office for an official schedule of meetings.
Take a look at the Warrenbrook Senior Center's Special Events and Special Events Calendar for November 2008
Scroll Mayor thanks the Italian-American Social Club, Inc. for their accomplishments and contributions to our Borough on the Clubs' 60th Anniversary. The Mayor also thanks Arthur Abruzzese for his commitment to the Italian American Social Club, our Borough, and the many service Organizations throughout the Central New Jersey area. more

On Saturday, November 1st the Somerset School Staff will be hosting a pancake breakfast for North Plainfield Resident and NPHS senior Kerri Mullen. When: Saturday, Nov. 1st Where: No. Plfd. Community Center located at Greenbrook Rd. and Clinton Ave. Time: 9am - Noon Suggested Donation: $3 per person or $10 per family

Special Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 235 is doing their Cleanup of adopted Grenbrook Road from Grove Street to Rock Avenue!
The NPHS Marching Band and Color Guard continues to be impressive with its third straight First Place win in competition on Saturday October 11th in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. ... read more
Scroll Mayor Proclaims October 2008 "Breast Cancer Awareness Month" more
The Boy and Girl Scouts of America, ROTC, and INTERACT of North Plainfield will be holding their annual food drive. more

The Joint Meeting of the Mayor, Borough Council, Board of Adjustment and Planning Board scheduled for October 27th has been rescheduled to Monday, November, 17th at 7:30 p.m. at the North Plainfield Community Center, 614 Greenbrook Road. The next Agenda Conference and Regular Meeting of the Borough Council will be held on Monday, November 10th at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Center.

Fall Leaf Clean-Up Help Available to Elderly & Disabled Residents Sign Up by November 7th; Volunteers Needed Too! more
Borough Hall will be OPEN on Election Day, but CLOSED the day after Christmas, Friday, December 26.
Recreation hosts the Annual North Plainfield Halloween Parade this SUNDAY – OCTOBER 26TH (Grades Pre-K through 5th). North Plainfield children meet at Stoneybrook School and march over to N.P.H.S. gym where the parade continues inside. Awards are given for the scariest, prettiest, most creative, and best group costume. Rain or shine. Special guest: NPHS Latin Dance Club. …read more
2008-2009 North Plainfield Youth Sports Association Boys and Girls Travel Team Basketball Tryouts (Grades 3 through 6) to be held October 14th through October 23rd more
Scroll Mayor Proclaims Halloween to be celebrated in the Borough of North Plainfield on Friday, October 31st, 2008. Door-to-door trick or treating shall begin no earlier than 2PM and no later than 7PM. more
Board of Social Services Teams up with ShopRite to help eligible residents apply for Food Stamps and other services more
Scroll Mayor Proclaims October 20th to 24th "Week Without Violence" more
Free Shred-It Event October 4th more
Family Health and Safety more
Scroll Mayor Thanks Bob Biastre for his lifelong accomplishments and contributions to the Borough of North Plainfield more

North Plainfield Fall Youth Soccer Starts Saturday, September 13th. For more information, click here.

Take a look at the Warrenbrook Senior Center's Special Events and Special Events Calendar for September 2008
Scroll Mayor Allen Proclaims September 2008 Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month more
Police Badge September 2: Police Arrest three brothers late Tuesday night more
Police Badge September 1: Police Arrest Borough Resident more
Police Badge NPPD Crime Prevention Tip: Preventing Automobile Theft more
DEP Provides Oil Spill Tool Kit for Volunteer Water Quality Monitors An Oil Spill Tool Kit for Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Emergencies is now available to water stewards throughout New Jersey. The tool kit, developed in partnership with the Delaware Riverkeeper, provides watershed associations with guidelines to respond to and assist in the monitoring of an oil spill. The tool kit was developed in response to the November 27, 2004, Athos I spill when 473,400 gallons of crude oil poured into the Delaware River.
The Delaware River keeper Network and New Jersey Watershed Watch Network developed the final version of the tool kit with the help of the volunteers who assisted during the Athos I oil spill. The project was funded by EPA. For more information on the tool kit, or how to obtain one, go to

DEP Can Help You Learn More About Granite and Potential Link to Radon Recent news stories about granite and its potential affect on radon levels have raised concern among some New Jersey residents who have granite countertops, floors, and fireplaces in their homes. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection offers a wealth of helpful information for residents who want to know more about radon and how to test for it. Visit:
Recycle your CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lights) more
North Plainfield Adult Sports Inquiry more
Recreation In-Town Movie North Plainfield Recreation will host an in-town movie on Saturday, August 23rd 8pm at Stony Brook Park. Admission is $1.00 and the movie will be G-Rated. Ttickets can be pickup Saturday night at Stony Book Park before the movie or at the Recreation Office anytime. more
Are you a member of a North Plainfield Board, Committee, Commission, Club, Association, or Organization? To all North Plainfield Board, Committee, Commission, Club, Association, or Organization members - please take a look at your portion of this website and ensure all information is up-to-date, and report any inaccurate or obsolete information to the North Plainfield Webmaster. Thank you.
New Jersey Statewide Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act more
North Plainfield Volunteer Rescue Squad Open House - August 2nd: 12 to 4PM We the North Plainfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, located 334 Somerset Street within the borough of North Plainfield, are soon to hold our annual Open House August 2nd, 2008 12-5pm.

    We are a nonprofit organization, ran strictly by volunteers who dedicate their time outside of their busy schedules. People just like yourself, who hold full time jobs, go to school, and have families. We provide Emergency Medical Services to the borough of North Plainfield, and its surrounding communities, which include but does not limit, Plainfield City, Watchung, and Greenbrook. All services done FREE OF CHARGE.

   So we are inviting you to be our guest as we spoil you with an evening full of entertainment, games, food, music, and much more. We will also be hosting our first blood drive on behalf of American Red Cross. We enjoy events like this, for it’s a time that we can meet and greet the borough and its surrounding communities, without the cause of an emergency.

       So be our guest, and bring the whole family for an evening to remember! here

Read about this year's 4th of July Events and theme 'Pride in Youth' here
National Night Out more
4th Annual Track and Field Meet more

Burglar Arrested more

Mayor Congratulates and Commends REACH OUT more
Mayor Recognizes St. Joseph School more
STEP to begin June 26th more
Police Identify Pedestrian more
Efforts to Identify Pedestrian Continue more
Who Will be the Next Biggest Loser?... read more
Borough Resident Arrested and Charged with Seven Counts of First Degree Robbery more
Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremonies to be held Monday, May 26th... read more
The North Plainfield Board of Education announced today it held an Anti Drunk Driving Program called Project Crash. The program, open to all junior and senior students, as well as staff members, was held on May 15th at 9:30AM on the Upper Krausche Field on Walnut Street. The program consisted of a realistically staged motor vehicle accident that was caused by a drunk driver. ... read more
Federal Agencies Announce New Foreclosure Help more
Mayor Proclamations May 2008 more
St. Luke's Annual Blood Drive Sunday, June 1, 2008
St. Luke's Church Parish Center
300 Clinton Avenue
North Plainfield, NJ
8:30 am until 1:00 pm
Contact Kathy Keane @ 908-756-8686 for more information or to schedule a donation time

North Plainfield “Clean the Brook“ On Saturday May 3, 2008, over 40 volunteers from several North Plainfield organizations gathered at Holy Cross Church for some light refreshments and to sign in for a community service project. more

Deposit box available during Municipal Building construction for tax/sewer bills For your convenience during Municipal Building construction, a deposit box with envelopes is located in the hallway across from the Police Dispatcher’s window at Borough Hall.  You may use the envelopes provided with this box to deposit your tax and/or sewer bill, if no receipt is needed.  This deposit box is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Mayor Proclaims April 13th - 19th "Week of the Young Child" more
Paint the Town, Green the Brook You are invited to take part in the Second Annual Paint the Town/Green the Brook Community Day. Sponsored by the North Plainfield Forum, the work day will be an opportunity to meet our neighbors and work together to clean ("green") a section of the brook that separates North Plainfield from Plainfield and to paint a house of a neighbor who needs help. more
North Plainfield Spring Community Newsletter
North Plainfield Recreation 2008 Events We are looking forward to our next season of recreational activities.  We are a growing town, so planning and participating in parks and recreational activities is crucial.  We need coaches for all youth programs.  As a coach or volunteer you will be assisting your community in a signficant and positive way.  If interested, contact Christopher Tarver or Steve Novak at (908)-756-0247. For an overview of what North Plainfield Recreation offers, check out an Activity Chart Overview for a list of activities offered for our Pre-K through 8th graders for the 2007-2008 year! Click here to view the Recreation Commission’s 2008 Registration Dates.
North Plainfield's 2008 Street Fair It is time to get ready for our 2008 Street Fair and we would like to invite you to participate! The Fair will be held on Saturday, June 21st, 2008, from noon until 5pm. The Mayor’s Special Events Committee sponsors the Street Fair, which has been an annual event for nearly 30 years. The Fair draws thousands of people from throughout Central New Jersey for an afternoon of games, shopping, food and fun. The North Plainfield Lions Club will again be hosting their annual Chili Cookoff Competition at their fair and this only adds to the flavor and festivity of the day! We will also have live music and entertainment throughout the day, to keep things rolling. read more... Street Fair Application (due June 1st) Exhibitor Information/Rules

About the Property Revaluation… Mayor Allen and the Borough Council are very much aware of the issues facing our taxpayers and homeowners, all of whom are struggling under an inherently unfair New Jersey property tax system in very uncertain economic times. The property revaluation is a measure the state and county requires to be taken to ensure everyone is paying their fair share of taxes - nothing more, nothing less.  Its objective is not to raise additional taxes, but to distribute the existing tax levy fairly.

The Mayor and Borough Council desire that every property taxpayer become knowledgeable with this process and are gratified that so many took the time to come to our recent meeting on this subject.  We regret that we could not accommodate everyone at that meeting. Be assured that the Borough will continue to take measures to get the word out.

Please note that there is information currently available through the following sources:

1. Call the revaluation company (Appraisal Systems, Inc.) directly at 973-285-9940 during regular business hours.

2. Call our Tax Assessor’s office at 908-769-2906.  They are generally available 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM Wednesdays.  You can also leave a message 24 hours a day.

3.  Periodically check the Borough’s website at and look under “Latest News” for information on the Revaluation.  Currently posted is the letter and brochure that went out to all property owners prior to the commencement of inspections.

4. Visit Appraisal Systems, Inc.’s website at for general information and a PowerPoint presentation about the revaluation process.

5. Call Mayor Allen at 908-769-2902 to arrange a meeting or speak with her by telephone.  She would be glad to provide information on measures being taken to hold the line on taxes and would appreciate your ideas and suggestions.

North Plainfield Property Revaluation Notice more
North Plainfield Council and Regular Meetings Schedule more
Mayor Commends North Plainfield Women's Club more
All North Plainfield residents are invited to a Borough-wide meeting on Property Revaluation on at 7PM on April 3rd at the Senior Citizen/Community Center - 614 Greenbrook Road more
Girl Scout Week: March 9 - 15 more
Two Men Arrested On Potential Burglary Charges more
Temporary Relocation for Borough Employees due to Construction The Municipal Building Construction/Renovation has moved into the next work phase.  This has necessitated the temporary closure of the public entranceways on Somerset Street, and the Administrative Wing entrance on Lincoln Place.   As a result, public access is now through the double doors in the rear of the Municipal Building.  This entrance is reached from Lincoln Place and down a sidewalk adjacent to the last firehouse bay.  Signs are posted along this route.

FIRST FLOOR OFFICES Entering through the double doors on the first floor gains access to the Police Dispatch/Records Bureau (908- 769-2937) window on the left.  Further down the hall is the shared office for:

·          Construction (Patricia Bender, Control Person – 908-769-2918)

·          Planning and Zoning Boards (Dawn Gaebel, Planning/Zoning Secretary – 908-769-2915)

·          Public Works (Gloria A. Macrini, Administrative Assistant – 908-769-2914)

·          Registrar of Vital Statistics (Cynthia (Cindy) Danois, Registrar – 908-769-2907).

SECOND FLOOR OFFICES The second floor is accessed by a stairwell beyond the Police Dispatch/Records Bureau window.  Elevator service is temporarily unavailable.  Please do not hesitate to ask the Police Dispatcher (or ask any Borough Employee) to call the office or individual located on the second floor if you have mobility issues.  Someone will meet with you shortly on the first floor or we can make alternate arrangements to conduct your business.

The second floor offices are located down the hall from the stairwell.   These offices are:

·          Borough Clerk (Gloria Pflueger, RMC, MMC, Borough Clerk; Richard Phoenix, RMC, Deputy Borough Clerk – 908-769-2910)

·          Municipal Court (Mary E. Petraglia, Court Administrator; Geraldine M. Badger, Deputy Court Administrator; Patricia Koemple, Dianne Scannelli, Jodi Hansen, Violations Clerks – 908-769-2265)

·          Finance Department (Patrick J. DeBlasio, CFO - 908-769-2952; Catherine Park, Tax/Sewer Collector - 908-769-2908; Joanne Bowden, Deputy Collector/Payroll Supervisor – 908-769-2909; Kathleen Intravartolo, Treasurer – 908-769-2948; Helen Finnerty, Accounts Payable – 908-769-2947; Michelle Costello, Tax Clerk – 908-769-2908)

18 LINCOLN PLACE OFFICES The following personnel remain temporarily relocated next door to 18 Lincoln Place:

  • Mayor Janice G. Allen - 908-769-2902
  • Borough Administrator David E. Hollod – 908-769-2902
  • Administrative Assistant Tina Totten – 908-769-2902
  • Zoning Officer James F. Rodino – 908-769-2917
  • Tax Assessor Barbara Flaherty – 908-769-2906
  • Deputy Tax Assessor Eugene Flaherty – 908-769-2906

Please call (or ask any Borough Employee to call) the phone numbers listed above to arrange to met with any of these individuals.  Please let us know if you have mobility issues as these temporary facilities are not handicapped accessible; we will accommodate your request for a meeting in Borough Hall or make alternate arrangements.

All Borough services are being maintained through this construction.  We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this important construction project.

Missing Adult Identified more
Girl Scouts of Washington Rock Workshop more
Guidelines for Proper Disposal of Household Medication Over the counter and prescription medications should not be disposed down the drain because waste-water treatment facilities are not designed to remove pharmaceutical compounds and they may end up in your local waterways, and may eventually be found in drinking water. Properly disposing of unwanted and expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications in the trash promotes a healthy aquatic environment and prevents accidental poisoning and intentional abuse. more
BOROUGH MEETINGS Periodically there are signs posted around town advertising a "Town Meeting".  Please note that these meetings are not sponsored by North Plainfield Borough Government but rather are hosted by a private, independent group. For all official Borough meetings, please consult the meeting calendar (available on-line under the “Agendas and Meetings” section of this website), and the official meeting notices and yearly schedule of meetings published by the Borough Clerk and posted in Borough Hall.  Please call the Clerk’s office at 908-769-2910 for more information or to obtain copies of these documents.  Members of the public are always encouraged to attend Borough Meetings and participate in North Plainfield municipal government.
Girl Scout Craft Fair and Open Registration Interested in joining the Girl Scouts next fall?  Come by our Craft Fair between 10 AM and 1 PM, Saturday, March 8th, 2008 at the Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church.  Your daughter can make a few crafts while you learn more about our program. Troops will be organizing late spring and summer.  Girl Scouts are divided into Daisy Girl Scouts (ages 5-6), Brownie Girl Scouts (ages 6-8), Junior Girl Scouts (ages 8-11), and Cadettes/Seniors for girls ages 11-17. Ginny Mayer-Brown, Service Unit Manager: 756-1126 V. Gail Walaski, Registrar: 756-4661 For more information, please visit
North Plainfield Music Parents Presents Java and Jazz 2008 Come attend a performance showcasing the musical talent of our Students, Teachers, and Friends at our Annual Java and Jazz Event on Saturday, March 1st, 2008, at St. Luke’s Church on Clinton Avenue in North Plainfield.  Doors open at 7pm, performances run from 7:30pm til 10:30pm.  Enjoy good eats and great music while supporting the talented youth of our town!  Admission is $4.00 for adults, and $2.00 for students.  Proceeds to benefit North Plainfield Scholarship Funds and NPMS/NPHS Music Programs.  Hope to see you there! View flyer...
County Offering Reduced-Cost Radon Testing Kits more