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Memorial Day Ceremony at Holy Redeemer Cemetery

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Obituaries July 22, 2016

Lauren N. Krizan, 33

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Lauren Nicole Krizan, 33, passed away on June 27, 2016 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Born in Plainfield, she was raised in South Plainfield and relocated to Arizona 17 years ago. Lauren was a  graduate of Pinnacle Charter High School in Mesa, Ariz. She enjoyed music, singing and recording songs with her dad. Lauren always looked forward to visits home, especially to the Jersey shore.

Surviving are her parents, Michael Krizan and wife Annette, and Janice Lacy; a brother, Michael J. Krizan Jr.; her devoted boyfriend, Atheer Nabati; and extended family members and dear friends.

A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, July 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. at McCriskin-Gustafson Home For Funerals, 2425 Plainfield Ave.. A prayer service will be held at 6 p.m.

Please visit Lauren’s interactive web page at www.mccriskinfuneralhome.com.

Obituaries July 8, 2016

Dieter N. Hollain, 81


Dieter N. Hollain died on Thursday, June 30 at CareOne at the Highlands in Edison.
Born in Gorlitz, Germany, Dieter came to the United States in 1952, had resided in New York and Pennsylvania prior to settling in South Plainfield during the 1960s.
He served in the United States Army and had operated D. Hollain Electric for many years.
A 50-year member of South Plainfield Lions Club, he served in numerous capacities through his service to the organization.
Dieter enjoyed sailing, walking, getting his morning coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts and in his younger years, enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping.
He was predeceased by a son, Steven; and two brothers, Joachim and Reinhardt.
Surviving are his longtime, devoted companion, Joan Bechtle and her large family; a daughter, Denise Tappe and husband Jerome and their sons, Cory and Grant; a son, Mark Hollain, his wife and their children; two brothers, Lutz and Jurgen; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
All are invited to join together on Friday, July 8 at McCriskin-Gustafson Home For Funerals, 2425 Plainfield Ave., South Plainfield, N.J. 07080 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. for a memorial gathering. Memorial service will begin at 1 p.m.
Interment of his cremated remains will take place privately at the family plot in Hillside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the South Plainfield Lions Club, P.O. Box 721, South Plainfield, N.J. 07080.

Obituaries July 1, 2016

Edward Kubala, 80

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Edward Kubala entered into eternal life on Saturday, June 25 at AristaCare at Cedar Oaks nursing home in South Plainfield.

Born in Carteret to his late parents, Peter and Mary (Sahulcik) Nepshinsky Kubala, he had lived in Carteret most of his life, settling in South Plainfield about 35 years ago.

He was formerly employed as a bureau chief in the water division on the Board of Public Utilities in Newark. Active with politics in South Plainfield, Edward was a former councilman, serving from 1994 to 2006. While serving as councilman, he was instrumental in bringing the senior housing to town and also worked on the veteran’s monument.

During the holidays, many would know Edward as Santa Claus, where he volunteered his time with the borough and with special needs children.

He was an avid N.Y. Giants fan, holding season tickets for many years, and he enjoyed reading and helping others in whatever way he could.

A member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church in South Plainfield, he was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He was predeceased by his parents, a brother, Robert; and a nephew, Matthew.
Edward is survived by a sister, Judith Saraka and her children, John, Michael and Michelle Mongiello and their families. He is also survived by eight grand-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at McCriskin-Gustafson Home For Funerals with a Mass of Christian burial at Our Lady of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Ed’s name to any food pantry or charity of your choice.

Kenneth Bulla, 63

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Kenneth Bulla died on Thursday, May 19 at JFK Medical Center in Edison, surrounded by his family.

Born in Tren­ton, Ken was a lifelong ­resident of South Plainfield and the owner and operator of K. Bulla Plumbing and Heating for over 20 years. He was also a member of Local 24, Plumbers Union and Local 9.

Ken loved taking vacations and spending time at the beach crabbing with his family.

Ken started his honorable service as a Junior Firefighter with the South Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department in 1974. He assisted his community in various capacities for over 43 years and was bestowed one of the high honors of South Plainfield Fire Department–Life Member status. Ken was a member of the South Plainfield Exempt Firemen’s Association since 1981, as well as a member of the South Plainfield Relief Association.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Beverley (Endres); two daughters, Kimberly Bulla and Karen Grab and husband Mike; a son, Kevin Bulla and wife Kelly; his mother, Helen Bulla; and three grandchildren, Kaitlin and Michael Grab and Logan Bulla, and a granddaughter expected in August.

Funeral services were held at McCriskin-Gustafson Home For Funerals followed by a Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart R.C. Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to South Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department, 123 Maple Ave., South Plainfield N.J. 07080.

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Cooling Centers Open in South Plainfield

The Borough of South Plainfield has two cooling centers available during the heat wave. Residents may cool off at the Senior Center, 90 Maple Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at the PAL Building at 1250 Maple Ave. until closing (9 p.m.).

Inside This Issue
July 22, 2016

Local Kids Learn All-Around Safety Skills at PAL Program

Plays-in-the-Park Presents South Pacific

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Oasis Church Celebrates Racial Unity With Service, Concert and Picnic This Sunday

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Inside This Issue
July 15, 2016

Patrick Sarullo Named High School Vice Principal

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Board of Ed Hires New Administrators

The Board of Education formally filled three vacant administrative positions at a special meeting held on July 6.

Poetry Cafe Presented at Middle School

The LIFE Program hosted a poetry cafe at South Plainfield Middle School in June.
In the tradition of a true poetry cafe, guests snapped their fingers instead of clapping to show support for each poet. The students worked hard to prepare their poetry and the classroom for the first LIFE Program poetry cafe.

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Middlesex Roundtable Brings Focus
To School Funding Reform Plan


Many thanks to Jim Lenox for the puppy treats! Love, Tobe

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July 8, 2016

Middle School Holds 53rd Annual Graduation


Photos courtesy of Louis Mormile. To browse and/or purchase pictures from the gallery, visit louismormilephotography.com


Rehearsals Begin for Summer Drama Workshop Production of "Once Upon A Mattress"


Sacred Heart Remembers the Victims of Orlando Shooting

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July 1, 2016

The Observer Celebrates the SPHS Class of 2016


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June 24, 2016

Suburban Woman's Club Awards Scholarships


June 17, 2016

Scouts Earn Awards for Community Work


June 10, 2016

Spadavecchia's Court of Honor
Completes 'Fab Four'


June 3, 2016

VFW, American Legion and Sacred Heart Church Hold Memorial Day Ceremonies

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Middle School Community Honors All Veterans

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Trista Moretti Softball Tournament

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May 27, 2016

The Mayor's Wellness Committee sponsored an educational drug and alcohol program entitled "Drugs and Alcohol in the Community" at the South Plainfield Library on May 19. View it below in its entirety.


Former Addicts, Parents Open Up About Heroin Addiction

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Property Owners to See Tax Increase for 2016

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Grand Opening of Green Olive Market

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May 20, 2016

Jeff Seesselberg Makes Cinematographic Debut


SPBA Annual Golf Outing

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Above, Cornerstone Architectural Group; below, Mayor Matt Anesh takes time out to golf.

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May 13, 2016

Sen. Patrick Diegnan Jr. is Sworn In


New Bishop OrdainedAt Sacred Heart Church

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May 6, 2016

Model UN Club Members Share Impromptu Moment at Rutgers Model Congress

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Senior Center Hosts Art Project

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April 29, 2016

Grant School Drama Club Presents The Lion King

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April 22, 2016

SPJBC Opening Day

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Suburban Woman's Club Annual Fashion Show

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Girl Scouts Visit Ciccio's Pizza on Maple Avenue

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The Observer office back to normal...

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