Juneteenth: Why It Should Be Celebrated By All Americans

June 16, 2021

Juneteenth – it is a term heard more and more in the last several years, yet many people have no idea what it is. It is viewed by Black Americans as their Freedom or Emancipation Day, their Jubilee Day, their Black Independence Day. So, how did Juneteenth become “. . . the most popular annual celebration of emancipation from slavery in the United States?”*

The term is a ...

NJSC, NAACP Issue Statement Opposing Land Use Variance to Construct Proposed Warehouse across from Randolphville School in Piscataway

TO:  Piscataway Township Council   

Dear Council Members:

This is a statement presented in formal opposition to the land use variance that you are considering in order to permit the construction of a large new warehouse across the street from the Randolphville K-3 Elementary School. The school is already in close proximity to three other warehouses. The construction of ...

Second Street Youth Center Full STEAM AHEAD Enrichment Summer Program Returns with New Enrichment Component

June 15, 2021

Every summer, low-income youth lose two to three months of reading and math aptitude while their higher-income peers make slight gains in both areas.

We are excited to be once again supporting the kids of SSYC with the knowledge and tools they need to thrive in a world of technology during our Full STEAM Ahead Summer Camp starting July 1st!

Summer STEAM Camp is provided for children between ...

Community Group Launches Transparency, Access and Public Engagement (TAPE) Voter Initiative

Piscataway, NJ — The Piscataway Progressive Democratic Organization announced the launch of a voter initiative to expand community involvement and increase accountability in key municipal meetings and decisions. The Transparency, Access and Public Engagement (TAPE) ordinance would mandate that the Township record, broadcast and use streaming services for all Township Council, ...

Take Our 2021 Reader Survey: We Want to Hear From You

Local news is more important than ever.  To fulfill our mission of providing our readers with objective, daily, local news, we’re conducting a survey on what our readers think about TAPinto and how they engage with the news.  We invite you to take our 2021 Reader Survey.   

Your feedback is important to us and helps us improve the quality of your reader ...

Ribbon Cutting Officially Marks Completion of South Plainfield Community Pool 

June 18, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD –On the morning of June 13, under an arch of balloons with the sun glistening off the newly renovated pool and the rumble of water tumbling down slides, the South Plainfield Community Pool was deemed officially complete. A ribbon cutting was held to commemorate the completion of the South Plainfield Community Pool and to celebrate the beginning of the 2021 summer ...

Appeal Denied for Former Church Youth Leader in Sexual Assault Case

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Superior Court of New Jersey has denied an appeal by a former volunteer leader at the Eternal Life Christian Center Church in Franklin Township who is currently serving a five-year sentence for criminal sexual contact with a minor. The Appellate Division supports the judge’s sentencing and found no reason to grant the ...

Milltown Man Rides Over 5,000 Miles In 80 Days

MILLTOWN, NJ - Nick Grisi is back at the Milltown home he shares with longtime girlfriend Stef Andara and their kitties Po and Mantis after completing the cross-country bike ride of a lifetime. Grisi peddled 5,000 plus miles to ride from the West Coast to Florida to New England. The first part of the trip included riding the ACA Southern Tier Bike Route from San Diego, California to St.

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Rutgers President Holloway Meets with Some Campus' Jewish Leaders

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The president at Rutgers said today’s meeting with some campus Jewish leaders was part of an ongoing attempt to “help foster an environment where every member feels welcomed, supported, heard and appreciated.”

Jonathan Holloway and his chief of staff, Andrea Conklin Bueschel, met with Rabbi Yosef Carlebach, the executive director of Chabad House, and ...

Obituaries

Dominic Gruver II, 25 passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 12, 2021 in ...
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Bruce W. Coburger, 66, died in New Brunswick on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.  He had suffered a ...
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Behind the Tradition: All About the Jersey Shore’s Famous Salt Water Taffy

June 17, 2021

NEW JERSEY — When you think of the Jersey Shore, what comes to mind? Boardwalks? Beaches? How about salt water taffy?

The bite-sized candy has a history that stretches as long as the Atlantic City boardwalk itself.

Salt water taffy was introduced on the AC Boardwalk in the 1880s and became known as the first Atlantic City souvenir, according to AtlanticCityNJ.com. Having been ...

FrostKings Return to Somerville's Summer Stage June 19

June 18, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Summer Stage Concert series continues Saturday, June 19 with a three-hour concert performed by the Frost Kings beginning at 6 p.m. on the Division Street pedestrian mall.

The FrostKings are an R&B, swing and blues band based in northern New Jersey.

From their website: "Equally at home playing swinging shuffles, slow blues or full-tilt boogies, their ...

Hillsborough Rotary Fair & Business Expo Returns in August

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - After a year’s hiatus due to COVID restrictions, the annual Rotary Fair and Business Expo will once again transform the Hillsborough Promenade fairgrounds at 315 Route 206 into a classic carnival with a colorful midway, over 20 amusement rides, games of chance, fireworks, food vendors and an exposition of local businesses.

The five-day fair opens Aug. 17 and will ...

'So Many New Faces' at the North Jersey Pride Picnic

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Hundreds of individuals, couples and families spread out across Memorial Park last Sunday to celebrate Pride Month together. It was sponsored by North Jersey Pride, whose mission is “promote equality, celebrate family and support LGBTQ youth through fun and educational events.”

C.J. Prince, executive director as well as a South Orange resident, and a team ...

A Nursing Assistant Made a Special Pact to Stay Safe During the Pandemic

June 15, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK – One year ago, Kedisha Dayes quietly made a deal with God.

As the deadly and highly contagious COVID-19 virus was rapidly spreading around the world and ravaging New Jersey, Dayes pledged in her prayers to continue to care for the seniors at Parker at Stonegate, an assisted living community located on Parker’s picturesque Highland Park campus.

Dayes, of the ...

Home Wreckers

I woke the other morning in predawn light to a startling, ratatatat outside my bedroom window. It was a woodpecker wantonly jackhammering holes into the side of my house.

The house that we had just finished painting. The stoic house that after too many years of neglect, we had finally got around to repairing.

As with many families, the pandemic afforded us the opportunity and energy to ...

Longtime Friends Spreading the News in Bordentown

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When longtime friends Elizabeth Meyers and Kristin Antonello saw that the greater Bordentown area was in need of a hyperlocal news outlet, they jumped at the opportunity to bring TAPinto into the community.

The two recognized Bordentown as a community that would benefit from a TAPinto site because there was no publication devoted only to local news.

“There was a ...

Shapiro: "Amid Spike in Local News Initiatives, Franchise Model Remains Only Proven Method to Scale Local News"

Cautionary tales have emerged in recent weeks about the inherent risks of entering the local news industry. Poynter recently called out a few of the pain points that new publishers endure, and Columbia Journalism Review suggested there isn’t enough budget to combat increasing political polarization at the local level.

All these potential pitfalls haven’t stopped ...

Want to Hear What an International Expert on Travel Has to Say About Travel Trends, Opportunities, and the Future?

Hi everyone. Are you or someone you care about a traveler? Then you'll definitely want to hear what syndicated travel columnist, author, and travel-consumer advocate, Christopher Elliott has to say in this episode of Looking Forward!

Chris provides expert insights on the big changes over time in the travel/hospitality industry, where things are now, and ...

Does Anyone Have a Baby, Infant or Young Child? Or Are You Related to Know Someone Who Does?

If so, then you and they don't want to miss the next Looking Forward podcast episode with Professor Roberta Golinkoff, Ph.D., a nationally recognized expert on childhood development and related trends! Among other things, Dr. Golinkoff offers some scientifically tested strategies, including her "6 C's," for how to improve a baby, infant and young child's ...