TAPinto Reader Mail Bag: Not Shy About Speaking Up!

NEW JERSEY — TAPinto's News Around New Jersey readers had a lot to say recently about our recent stories focusing on guns, red-light-running and the money perks for those running the most powerful union in New Jersey.

The biggest response was about a foundation report on what the top officials of the New Jersey Education Association were earning in salaries and from a separate ...

New Jersey’s Disabled Community Feels Inflation the Most

Whether we push a shopping cart down the supermarket aisle or order through a delivery app, all New Jerseyans are noticing that grocery prices are on the rise. 

The cost of buying food has increased by 9.1% over the past year, according to government data released last month. Combined with fluctuating gas prices, rising rents as well as interest rates, inflation is forcing many of us to ...

Edison Day Care Teacher Arrested and Charged with Child Abuse

August 6, 2022

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Nusrat J. Ameen, 56, of Edison, a daycare teacher employed for 12 years at a local facility, has been arrested and charged by the Edison Police and the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office for abusing a two-year-old child.

On Monday, August 1st, 2022, Ameen was arrested after detectives determined that she had physically assaulted a two-year-old child who ...

It May Feel as Hot as 104 Degrees in East Brunswick Thursday, Weather Service Says

August 3, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — With heat index values projected between 95 and 104 degrees Thursday, the National Weather Service has issued both a heat advisory and an air quality alert for the region.

The heat advisory remains in effect from 11 a.m. Thursday to 8 p.m. Friday, and the air quality alert remains in effect from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, according to the Weather Service. The ...

South Brunswick Issues Heat Advisory for the Remainder of the Week, Cooling Centers are Open

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - South Brunswick Township has issued a heat advisory as temperatures are expected to stay in the mid to high 90s for the remainder of the week. The Office of Emergency Management is advising residents to limit outdoor activities and to stay hydrated.

To aid residents, the South Brunswick Public Library will have a cooling center from 10:00 A.M to 9:00 P.M today through ...

South Brunswick Recommends Residents Adopt "Odd/Evens" Guideline to Using Water Outdoors as Temperatures Surge

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - South Brunswick residents are being asked to conserve outdoor water use as New Jersey experiences a massive heat wave, with temperatures reaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit across the state. Mayor Charles Carley and New Jersey American Water are asking residents to take these steps to avoid possible restrictions later. As of now, there are no mandated restrictions on water use ...

TAPinto South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen Named Grand Marshal of Labor Day Parade

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — When Darlene Tedesco-Cullen received a call from South Plainfield Councilwoman Christine Faustini to talk about the borough's annual Labor Day parade, Tedesco-Cullen thought she knew what it was about.

"Usually I help judge the floats, so I figured she was going to ask me if I was going to be around Labor Day to judge again," Tedesco-Cullen, the ...

Unitarian Minister Karen Johnston Continues "Date with Death" Program in Highland Park

August 10, 2022

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ -  Beginning September 8th, the Highland Park Public Library has teamed up with Date with Death Club founder, Rev. Karen G. Johnston, to provide members of the wider community the opportunity to explore topics related to mortality ~ and to do so in a thoughtful and thought-provoking way. The first session is scheduled for September 8 at 6:30 and is titled, ...

Upcoming Events


Thu, August 11, 7:30 PM

East Brunswick

Housing Corporation Meeting


Thu, August 11, 8:00 PM

East Brunswick

Commuter Parking Advisory Committee Meeting


Thu, August 11, 8:00 PM

East Brunswick

Museum Corporation Meeting

Library Holds Craft Supply Swap

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center Drive) hosts a craft supply swap on Wednesday, August 24 at 6:00 pm.


“Crafters wind up with extra supplies or projects that they have moved on from,” said Melissa Hozik, Adult Programming Librarian. “Our supply swap lets crafters trade supplies they no longer need while decluttering ...

Diegnan bill requiring New Jersey to establish electric school bus program becomes law

Gov. Phil Murphy today signed into law a bill requiring the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to develop and implement an electric school bus program.

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., D-Middlesex, sponsored the legislation, which is designed to determine the operational reliability and cost effectiveness of replacing diesel-powered school buses with electric counterparts for the ...

Replacing century-old rail bridge will benefit Northeast Corridor commuters

Commuters in New Jersey’s 18th Legislative District and across the state who ride NJ TRANSIT or Amtrak along the Northeast Corridor line will soon benefit from the construction of a new railroad bridge.

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., who chairs the Senate Transportation committee, was among several state legislators, U.S. Senators and congressional representatives who joined Governor ...

Cats in the Navy by Scot Christenson

Cats in the Navy by Scot Christenson. (Naval Institute Press, 2022)


Cats in the Navy is one of those unusual little gems  that has appeal for several types of people. If you are a cat lover, check! This book is for you! If you enjoy historical photographs, check! You might want a copy of this volume. If someone in your family is in the Navy or has a nautical background, check! ...

The Hotel Nantucket

 The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand. (Little, Brown, 2022)


Ladies,  the latest Elin Hilderbrand novel to tuck into your beach bag has arrived. It is The Hotel Nantucket.  Although this is Hilderbrand’s 27th book about her beloved island, this charming novel has a more whimsical tone than many of the others and will provide a few hours of pleasant romance and ...

An Unorthodox Match and An Observant Wife by Naomi Ragen

An Unorthodox Match (2019) and An Observant Wife by Naomi Ragen (St. Martin’s Press, 2021).


Contemporary literature regarding the Orthodox Jewish community is often about young people who want to escape the stringent laws and customs of a restrictive lifestyle. For example, Deborah Feldman’s beautiful book, Unorthodox, followed the escape of an Orthodox woman from her ...

Inclusive Curriculum Is Important, Although Some Are Against It

July 30, 2022

After watching a recent East Brunswick Board of Education meeting, I find it necessary to voice my concerns due to comments made regarding the terms cisgender, intersex, non-binary, and transgender. The very fact that one of our own Board of Ed members admitted that he doesn’t know what some of these terms mean makes it that more obvious why this curriculum is necessary. For someone ...

'Jersey Voices' Explores Mesmerizing Relationships

CHATHAM NJ - The annual selection of intriguing and original short plays is now on view at the Chatham Playhouse through August 7.

There’s something for everyone in the seven selections from several playwrights, with various themes.  “The Elusive Pursuit of Maximum Bliss” by Ken Preuss starts off the evening. Amanda Marino has directed Peter Despres as Max and Alyssa Fox ...