Toast 2020 – Speak Up for a Child

July 31, 2020

CASA of Middlesex County invites you to Toast 2020, to be held on Sunday, September 20, 2020 from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Steakhouse 85 in New Brunswick. This year’s event honors the Founder, President and CEO of the African-American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ), John E. Harmon Sr., IOM. Toast 2020 is an opportunity to mingle with community leaders, enjoy a champagne brunch, ...

Food Pantry at Edison Housing Authority Recieves NAHRO's 2020 Merit Award

Recently, the Edison Housing Authority was among 88 housing and community development agencies honored during the NAHRO Online: 2020 Summer Conference conference for its Food Program that was initiated in 2019 during the government shutdown.

NAHRO's Merit Award recognized agencies for a wide range of affordable housing and community development programs. These forward-thinking solutions to ...

NJ Human Services Announces $38.5 Million in Additional Food Assistance

TRENTON, NJ – Many New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive additional benefits in August to help address critical food needs driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

An additional estimated $38.5 million will be provided to about 227,500 New Jersey households for August.

SNAP ...

St. Peter's Thrift Shop Opens Its Doors

August 2, 2020

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - St. Peter's popular Thrift Shop reopened its doors on Saturday after being forced to close in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The shop now offers shoppers an expanded inventory in the Parrish Hall of St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Shoppers can now browse in a room containing only children's clothing and toys along with a front room that is devoted to ...

Middlesex Prosecutor Hosts Live Discussion About the Use of Force by Police

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Along with several other organizations on July 30, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office sponsored a “Community Listening Session” livestream on the use of force by police. Members of the Middlesex County Association of Chiefs of Police, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law ...

South Brunswick Superintendent: "Reopening NJ Schools...Yes, But Not Yet!"

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Here is the full text of a letter released by South Brunswick Superintendent of Schools Scott Feder in which he states his views on schools re-opening in the district during the COVID-19 pandemic:

"I thank Governor Murphy for all he has done to keep New Jersey healthy and safe. He has done so knowing that while many will be thankful for and appreciate his ...

New Jersey Schools and Our International Competitors

July 22, 2020

To the Editor:

As Gov. Murphy continues to dither on if/when/how we should open schools, our international competitors are beating us to the punch. Their children are in class, they are engaged in meaningful learning that simply can't be replicated online and they are achieving academic and social growth. There's simply no reason why our kids shouldn't be in school except for the ...

Coming up at Piscataway Public Library

Join some of your favorite Adult Services Librarians on Zoom to welcome Annie Mazes, Senior Manager at Workman Publishing for Book Buzz on Thursday, August 6, at 2pm.  Learn about great titles coming in the fall!  Since we'll be on Zoom, you can enjoy the talk from your coziest reading spot.  This will be a fun first look at the books you'll ...

TAP into Piscataway Fall Internship Opportunity

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Writing for the town paper looks great on resumes and transcripts, and right now, TAPinto Piscataway is interviewing college students and high school seniors for the TAPinto Internship Program.

We are looking for bright, inquisitive, energetic and creative interns to join our internship program that provides an in-depth training into journalistic concepts.

Interns will be ...

Libby’s Lunch: Foodies Flock From Near and Far for One Last Bite

August 1, 2020

PATERSON, NJ — Some 30 cars filled to capacity the two parking lots that surround Libby’s Lunch on McBride Avenue.

Word was out Monday evening that Libby’s Lunch — a restaurant long known for its chili dogs — would be closed permanently by the end of the week. Customers had come for one last chance to say goodbye to Libby’s.

“The food is what makes ...

Open, Affordable Textbooks Library Program Saves Rutgers Students $2.1 Million

Annual program incentivizes Rutgers faculty to use free or low-cost learning materials that save students money

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — More faculty than ever before are participating in a program through the Rutgers University Libraries to provide open and affordable textbooks for the fall.

The program is estimated to be able to save students more than $2.1 million in the ...


Piscataway — Joseph B. Posada, 51, died Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at Robert Wood Johnson ...
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Classrooms Not Yet Safe for Students, Teachers Union Leaders Say

August 3, 2020

WAYNE, NJ - The union representing Passaic County’s education professionals, including teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and secretaries, are speaking out about their concerns with the anticipated reopening of schools for in-person learning in September.

“Simply put, our schools are not safe to open while the state of New Jersey remains in its current reopening ...

Union Catholic Track Legend Stars in Gatorade TV Sports Shown on ESPN, Elsewhere

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- If you thought you saw a familiar local face in Gatorade TV ads during the Red Sox-Yankees game on ESPN last name, you were right. Former Union Catholic track star and 2016 Olympic hurdler Sydney McLaughlin is featured in a current series of Gatorade ads entitled, "Ready to Play Anything," that celebrate the return of sports.

In the last few months, ...

Saint Bart's Festival, a Highlight of the Scotch Plains Calendar, Canceled Due to COVID-19 Concerns

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- For the first time since its inception in 1974, there will be no Italian Festival at St. Bartholomew Church on Labor Day Weekend in Scotch Plains. 

The sad news was reported to TAPintoSPF by John Lestarchick, a member of St. Bart's festival committee, and Paul Raphael, the president of the local chapter of UNICO, the Italian American service ...

Upcoming Events


Tue, August 4, 10:00 AM

Union Public Library Virtual, Union

LinkedIn for Everyone: Getting Started and ...

Business & Finance Education Other


Tue, August 4, 11:00 AM

Piscataway Public Library , Piscataway

Google Tools Workshop

Business & Finance Education


Tue, August 4, 4:00 PM

Union Public Library VIRTUAL, Union

Book Publishing Overview/Writers Support Group

Business & Finance Other


Thu, August 6, 6:00 PM

Virtual Event, Virtual

At Home Wellness Expo

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Sat, August 15, 12:00 PM

Rocky Point State Park, Warwick

Liberty Base Ball Club in the Rocky Point Park ...

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Op-Ed: Calling on Assembly Speaker Coughlin to Help Head off COVID-Related Evictions

July 27, 2020

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin has the chance to be a leader in the fight for economic justice in New Jersey.

The speaker must post a bill designed to prevent a wave of pandemic-related ...

Open for Business

When everything “opened up” this summer I didn’t think it would include my mouth.

But I probably should have perceived that at some point during this pandemic I would have to visit the dentist.

Over the past six months I have gotten used to moving previously outsourced services in-house. For instance, while everyone was letting their Covid freak flag fly, I mastered the ...

End the Blame and Shame Game

Every so often I find myself looking back, trying to understand where my beliefs and behavior patterns come from. After all, I am a product of my past, and the people in my past.

Awareness is a good thing, and what we do with it is even more important. This is your wake-up call to use the past to propel you forward, to a better place.

You’re stressed out. There is no room for rational ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Darlene Cullen of TAPinto South Plainfield

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of August 2020 is Darlene Cullen, who owns and operates TAPinto South Plainfield.  With a background in business development, Cullen has built a profitable online local news business while providing high-quality, objective local news for the residents of South Plainfield.   

Q. Why did you want to franchise a ...