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Early Childhood Education Advocates Names New Board President

August 11, 2022

WOODBRIDGE, NJ – Early Childhood Education Advocates, Inc. (ECEA), a non-profit, tax-deductible organization that is the legislative voice for the child care industry in New Jersey,  announced it has selected a new president, Gigi Schweikert.

Schweikert, who serves as Chief Executive Officer of Lightbridge Academy in Iselin, is replacing Guy Falzarano at the helm of ECEA. Falzarano, ...

Respected and Beloved EBHS Science Teacher Leslie Anderson Passes Away

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick community mourns the loss of veteran teacher Leslie Anderson. Anderson was a respected STEM educator at East Brunswick High School, who had a way, says colleague and friend Dr. Dana Zimbicki, of "lifting everyone around her." Anderson died following an illness.

In a statement to TAPinto East Brunswick, Superintendent Dr. Victor Valeski said, ...

Mayor Cohen Hosts Town Hall Meeting at Warnsdorfer Tuesday Night

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Mayor Brad Cohen has released an announcement that he will host a Town Hall meeting Tuesday at 7:00 pm at Warnsdorfer Elementary School at 9  Hardenburg Lane. 

Here is the entirety of his message:

"Good evening to all residents living in the Warnsdorfer community. I am holding a Town Hall meeting tomorrow evening, Tuesday, August 9 at 7pm at Warnsdorfer ...

East Brunswick Public Schools Community Programs Department Offers 2022-2023 Adult School

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Community Programs has opened registration for FREE Adult School programs.  The school is offered under the auspices of the Middlesex County Adult Education Consortium. Programs available include evening High School Equivalency (HSE) Prep, evening English as a Second Language (ESL), as well as daytime and evening Citizenship classes. The Adult Basic Skills ...

Woodbridge Bus Crash Claims 2nd Victim’s Life

August 11, 2022

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — A second passenger has died from injuries in Tuesday evening’s double-decker bus accident on the New Jersey Turnpike’s southbound lanes here, authorities said.

The two deceased victims are Cheryl Johnson, 59, of the Bronx, pronounced dead at the scene of the 6:56 pm mishap, and Cecilia Kiyanitza, 66, of Woodbury, who later died at Robert Wood Johnson ...

Bus Overturns in Woodbridge; 1 Dead, 5 Hurt

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — One person died and five others passengers on a double-decker bus were badly injured Tuesday evening after the bus overturned on the New Jersey Turnpike, authorities said.

The fatal accident happened shortly before 7 pm Tuesday in the Turnpike’s southbound lanes near the entrance ramp to the Thomas Edison Service Area in Woodbridge. The luxury double-decker Megabus ...

Authorities Working to Identify Man Whose Body was Recovered from Raritan River in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Authorities are working to identify a man whose body was recovered from the Raritan River on Monday, Aug. 8.

The body was recovered near the Albany Street Bridge at about 3 p.m., according to New Brunswick Police Deputy Director J.T. Miller.

Miller said members of the New Brunswick Police Department and New Brunswick Fire Department responded to the ...

Domestic Ducks Found In Spotswood

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Two domestic ducks are creating a bit of a stir in the borough and residents would like to help these duckies get reunited with their owners. A Black Swedish duck was found on Thursday, August 4 in the evening at Ottilios Restaurant on Devoe Avenue in Spotswood. A white Welsh Harlequin was found on Friday by Devoe Lake. Both ducks are domesticated because their wings are ...

Edison Day Care Teacher Arrested and Charged with Child Abuse

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 ...

August is National "Make a Will" Month

August 9, 2022

MIDDLESEX COUNTY. NJ - August is “National Make a Wills Month,” and according to a new survey from senior living referral service Caring.com only 33% of Americans have a will or living trust. Which means 67% are leaving what happens to them and their estates to others, including the state. To ensure your final wishes are executed as you intended, the Middlesex County ...

Rutgers Football to Host Fan Fest Sunday, Aug.7

August 5, 2022

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers football looks forward to hosting Fan Fest on Sunday, Aug. 7 on the field at SHI Stadium. The event is free and open to the public. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. with free parking available in the Scarlet Lot.

Fans will have the opportunity to meet the team and head coach Greg Schiano during the autograph session from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Fans can pick up a 2022 ...

East Brunswick's Soccer Champion Heather O'Reilly to Be Inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame

NEWARK, NJ  – East Brunswick's will be among those honored by the New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHOF) as part of its 14th class of inductees, which is once again highlighting some of the state’s best and brightest.

O'Reilly, a 2008 graduate of East Brunswick High School, is a 2018 NWSL Champion. 2015 World Cup Champion, a three-time ...

Lace Up The Sneakers for the 2022 Spotswood 5K and Fun Run

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Runners and walkers get ready for the Spotswood 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, September 10. The one-mile Fun Run kicks off at 8:15 a.m. Walkers get moving on the 5K course through the borough at 8:45 a.m. followed by the runners at 9 a.m.

Last year's Spotswood 5K was won by Old Bridge's Thomas Hunt with a time of 19:10.9. Robbinsville's Melina Johnston was the first ...

'We Have to Fight Like Hell': Coughlin, Booker Lead Food-Insecurity Discussion in New Brunswick

August 11, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Eradicating food insecurity in New Jersey, where it affects one in five families with children, often seems like a daunting battle, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said.

But at a roundtable discussion with food insecurity stakeholders that he and Sen. Cory Booker hosted at Rutgers’ Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health on Thursday, Aug. 11, Coughlin seemed to ...

EARTH Center Garden, Arts, and Music Festival offers fun for the whole family

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will host its EARTH Center Garden, Arts, and Music Festival from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, August 20 at the EARTH Center, located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave. in South Brunswick.

 

The day will be filled with family-oriented activities, live arts displays, and local musical acts.

Woodbridge Bus Crash Claims 2nd Victim’s Life

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — A second passenger has died from injuries in Tuesday evening’s double-decker bus accident on the New Jersey Turnpike’s southbound lanes here, authorities said.

The two deceased victims are Cheryl Johnson, 59, of the Bronx, pronounced dead at the scene of the 6:56 pm mishap, and Cecilia Kiyanitza, 66, of Woodbury, who later died at Robert Wood Johnson ...

Monkeypox Cases Continue to Climb in NJ and Across the Country

TRENTON, NJ - The NJ Dept. of Health (NJDOH) reports 293 Monkeypox cases in the Garden State. The report, published Aug. 11, 2022, shows an increase of 50 cases statewide since Monday Aug. 8. In Essex County, there are 59 cases as of Thursday morning. 

The US Centers for Disease Control report 10,392 cases across the nation. 

County by county, there ...

Hobby's Delicatessen Reopens in Newark as a Beloved City Landmark Returns

August 8, 2022

NEWARK, NJ  — In a moment that for many is both a miracle and a mitzvah, Hobby's Delicatessen reopened in downtown Newark, fixing a hole in some hungry hearts and stomachs.

"It took a love of the business and a love of family to make it back," said Marc Brummer, sitting next to his brother and co-owner Michael amidst the happy cacophony of a busy deli back to ...

The Choco Taco Lives On In Hoboken

HOBOKEN, NJ — In the wake of Klondike’s decision to discontinue its beloved Choco Taco, a Hoboken taco and tequila bar is hoping to help fill the void.

After seeing the outcry on social media in response to the news, Fat Taco decided to create their own take on the soon-to-be-gone vanilla ice cream-stuffed, chocolate-and-peanut-dipped taco-shaped waffle cone.

“We ...

EARTH Center Garden, Arts, and Music Festival offers fun for the whole family

August 11, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will host its EARTH Center Garden, Arts, and Music Festival from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, August 20 at the EARTH Center, located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave. in South Brunswick.

 

The day will be filled with family-oriented activities, live arts displays, and local musical acts.

First Latino from New Brunswick to Lead Elks Lodge 324 Bringing a Fresh Perspective

August 8, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The first Latino from New Brunswick to become Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge 324 – which traces its roots in the city back 126 years – is bringing a fresh perspective and a dynamic energy to his role.

Jerry Mercado’s goals include boosting membership after it was effected by the COVID-19 pandemic and pushing the lodge to become more proactive in renting ...

Star-Studded Event at NJPAC to Raise Funds for Ukraine

NEWARK — U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, First Lady Tammy Murphy and Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole are special guests at a fundraiser for Ukraine at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on Friday.

Proceeds raised at the star-studded event will be split among the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America (UNWLA), United Sikhs ...

'We Have to Fight Like Hell': Coughlin, Booker Lead Food-Insecurity Discussion in New Brunswick

August 11, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Eradicating food insecurity in New Jersey, where it affects one in five families with children, often seems like a daunting battle, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said.

But at a roundtable discussion with food insecurity stakeholders that he and Sen. Cory Booker hosted at Rutgers’ Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health on Thursday, Aug. 11, Coughlin seemed to ...

Monkeypox Cases Continue to Climb in NJ and Across the Country

TRENTON, NJ - The NJ Dept. of Health (NJDOH) reports 293 Monkeypox cases in the Garden State. The report, published Aug. 11, 2022, shows an increase of 50 cases statewide since Monday Aug. 8. In Essex County, there are 59 cases as of Thursday morning. 

The US Centers for Disease Control report 10,392 cases across the nation. 

County by county, there ...

East Brunswick Hosts Field Day on September 17th

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - How long has it been since you tested out your Egg Race or Tug of War skills?  Too long?   Then you just might want to participate in this upcoming event!

 

East Brunswick Recreation and Parks Department has once again teamed up with ELITE Fitness Alliance to bring you the 2nd Annual Field Day at 8:00am on September 17th, 2022 at Bicentennial Park ...

Saint Peter's Pediatric Emergency Department Recognized by Women's Choice Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The pediatric emergency department at Saint Peter’s University Hospital has been recognized by a trusted referral source that identifies the nation’s best hospitals based on criteria such as clinical performance and patient satisfaction.

The Dorothy B. Hersh Pediatric Emergency Department at The Children’s Hospital has received a Best Pediatric ...

Rutgers Scientists Ask East Brunswick Residents and Visitors to Send in Their Ticks

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Center for Vector Biology (CVB), part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, recently launched ‘New Jersey Ticks 4 Science!’, a citizen-led science project supported by the state that asks New Jerseyans to submit tick specimens they find to help track tick populations and help prevent tick-borne ...

Hot Weather Garden Woes

August 2, 2022

Poor flowering and misshapen or a lack of fruit on tomatoes, peppers and squash may be due to the weather, not your gardening skills. Temperature extremes can interfere with flowering and fruit set on these and other vegetables in your garden.

We watch for and can’t wait to taste that first red ripe tomato. It is certainly frustrating when we see flowers drop or the plant fails to form ...

Piscataway High School Student Performs Classical Indian Dance Dating Back 500 Generations

August 7, 2022

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – With over 450 guests in attendance, Radha Pandya, a rising senior at Piscataway High School performed her Bharathanatyam Arangetram on July 30th at Jo Ann Magistro Performing Arts Center in East Brunswick.

Pandya began training to perform for this ancient Indian classical dance form 13 years ago, when she was 4. She performed seven dance solos that ranged from ...

East Brunswick: Incumbents Face Newcomers in Board of Education Elections

July 28, 2022

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Well, election season has fully begun, as five candidates for three open seats on the East Brunswick Board of Education have submitted their petitions to the Middlesex County Clerk Nancy J. Pinkin.  Members of the BOE serve three-year terms.

This year, first-time candidates Yosef Schmidt and Alexander Speilman have tossed their hats into the ring.

They will face ...

Sen. Joseph Lagana Discusses School Safety Legislation, Says Students Must Be Protected

August 10, 2022

PARAMUS, NJ — Sen. Joseph Lagana has three main inspirations for wanting to keep New Jersey's children safe at school.

"I try to use my real-life experience and apply it to my job as a legislator," Lagana (D - District 38) told TAPinto. "And part of (that) is being a father and having three kids."

When he takes his daughters — who are headed into ...

New Jersey's Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs Receive $10 Million in Funding

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) are getting a big financial boost.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin announced Monday the programs, which help and support victims of violence, will receive $10 million in federal American Recovery Plan (ARP) funds.

“The Paterson Healing Collective is pleased to ...

State Parole Board Chairman Talks About New Grant to Help Offenders with Substance Use Disorder

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's State Parole Board is teaming up with Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care to help offenders struggling with substance use disorder, both before and after their release.

"We're confident that this is something that could be life-changing to a lot of people," State Parole Board Chairman Samuel J. Plumeri, Jr. told TAPinto.

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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, ...

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Thu, August 11, 7:30 PM

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Housing Corporation Meeting

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Thu, August 11, 8:00 PM

East Brunswick

Commuter Parking Advisory Committee Meeting

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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 ...