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Scotch Plains Author Robert Constant's 'Hello Grandma!' Wins Literary Award for Children's Books

May 10, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- "I totally forgot I submitted. I was in shock when I won!"

Scotch Plains-based author Robert Constant's marketing plan for his latest children's book was derailed by COVID, but a recent award is giving his book new life. 

Hello Grandma!, Constant's second children book recently was named the Bronze/Third Place winner in the 2021 Feathered ...

SBHS Teacher Josh Oldham to Present Online Concert

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Joshua Oldham of the South Brunswick High School Music Faculty will perform period pieces for flute, clarinet and bassoon as part of the South Brunswick Public Library Friends of SBPL 2021 Concert Series on Sunday, May 16 at 2 p.m.

A multi-woodwind musician, Joshua will be accompanied by collaborative pianist François Suhr, a fellow member of the South ...

Lin and Eng Bring East Brunswick its First Indie Film Festival

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Sundance. Tribeca. Cannes. With the inaugural East Brunswick Indie Film Festival, a pair of East Brunswick High School alums are determined to add their hometown to the list. The East Brunswick Independent Film Festival, which will be held in August, will begin taking entries from local filmmakers on Wednesday, April 28.

     Festival co-founders ...

Lin and Eng Bring East Brunswick Our First Indie Film Festival

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Sundance. Tribeca. Cannes. With the inaugural East Brunswick Indie Film Festival, a pair of East Brunswick High School alums are determined to add their hometown to the list. The East Brunswick Independent Film Festival, which will be held in August, will begin taking entries from local filmmakers on Wednesday, April 28.

     Festival co-founders ...

Celebrate the Oscars with "Playhouse 22 Goes to the Movies"

 

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ  -- Kicking off just in time for the Academy Awards, Playhouse 22's newest online concert is currently streaming at Playhouse22.org.  

 

"Playhouse 22 Goes to the Movies" is the third online concert event produced by the East Brunswick-based community theater troupe.  Presenting songs made popular on the silver screen from ...

Welcome to Your Big Fat East Brunswick Saturday!

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Welcome to one of the most active days of the year in East Brunswick!  Saturday, April 24 turns out to be a really active day for the township with several events contributing to a much-needed spring-cleaning by and for all residents and residences.  Need to clean up your yard?  This is your day.  Got stuff to give away?  Now's the time.  ...

Crystal Springs Summer Passes Go on Sale Today

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Looking to have even more "Fun in the Sun" this summer? Become a Crystal Springs 2021 Season Pass Holder. 

Season passes go on sale (online only) beginning today, April 6, 2021.

Here's the link

$400 for a family Season Pass for an East Brunswick family.

Middlesex County Celebrates National Poetry Month with a Spectrum of Arts Events

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ -  The Arts Institute of Middlesex County is presenting, promoting, and supporting a multitude of arts and culture events, exhibitions, and shows throughout the month of April. The month is packed with exciting programming primarily centered around National Poetry Month. While the pandemic has affected in-person events, artists all over the County and the Middlesex ...

Crossroads Theatre Company to Celebrate Cicely Tyson During Annual Fundraiser

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Crossroads Theatre Company, which has been dedicated to creating and producing work that tells the stories of African Americans for 42 years, will celebrate the late Cicely Tyson during its annual fundraising gala.

A Night with Crossroads to be held on Thursday, May 20 at 7 p.m.

The event, which will be hosted by Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose, will be held ...

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New Jersey Date Night: Stroll Through These Gorgeous Gardens

May 13, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

There’s always something growing in New Jersey, be it excitement for warmer weather or the flowers in everyone’s yard. Celebrating springtime in the Garden State requires a garden date. We have so many options at our fingertips — possibilities guaranteed to inspire romance and ...

Middlesex College and Stockton University sign transfer agreement

May 4, 2021

MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Middlesex College has signed a dual admission and transfer partnership agreement with Stockton University that will help students make a smooth transition from the two-year college to the Atlantic County school’s bachelor’s degree program. 

The five-year agreement strengthens the relationship between Stockton and Middlesex College by offering multiple ...

Middlesex County Emergency Rental Assistance Program Opens Online Application Portal Today, Monday, May 3

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – Middlesex County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (MCERAP) will begin accepting applications for financial aid from renter households that are behind on rent and/or utility payments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Renter households in need of assistance may submit their application and required documentation via the MCERAP online application ...

Students Back in Classrooms on All Five MCVTS Campuses

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - In-person classes have resumed on all five campuses of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools.

Since April 19, both academic and career-education classes have been held in person, although students still have the option of virtual education.

Since September, career-education classes had been held in person five days a week, while academic classes were ...

Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

The Benefits of Local Advertising

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When marketing your services or products, the best place to start is right in the community you serve. Your local community is full of potential new and returning customers, and that market is essential for you to sustain and grow. 

Local marketing is trending, and now more than ever it is important for your business to be prominent in your local market.

According ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Veteran TAPinto Franchisee Launches TAPinto Raritan Bay

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Longtime TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood franchisee John Mooney is taking his talents to the banks of the Raritan. After spending years growing TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood into one of the networks top 5 most-visited sites, Mooney is officially launching TAPinto Raritan Bay, covering Sayreville and South Amboy, N.J.

“Since I am familiar with Sayreville-South Amboy and ...

Summer Food Service Program to Nourish New Jersey Children in Need

May 13, 2021

HILLSIDE, NJ—Food insecure children and their families are most vulnerable during the summer months, when they lose access to the free school meals that they rely on. This year, as schools remain closed due to COVID-19, putting food on the table has been an even more urgent challenge for households struggling to make ends meet.  

During ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, May 15, 9:00 AM

VIRTUAL, Newark

Big Climb New Jersey

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Sat, May 15, 12:00 PM

North Brunswick Municipal Complex parking lot, North Brunswick

Large Yard Sale fundraiser

Home & Garden

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Tue, May 18, 5:00 PM

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

2021 Rutgers Environmental Steward Class

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Learn About Complications of Diabetes at Library Program Tomorrow

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—Hackensack Meridian Health and East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) are teaming up to present the online program “Complications of Diabetes” on Tuesday, May 4 at 1:00 pm.

 

This program is presented by Reema Patel, MD, FACE Medical Director, Joslin Diabetes Center, Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center - Old Bridge.

Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininty, and Power

Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power by Neal Gabler. (Yale 

Univ. Press, 2016).

Stephen Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell. (Yale Univ. Press, 2017)

 

My family complains each year at holiday time that I am impossible to buy gifts for. This is true because, usually, if I want something, I purchase it myself. They ask me for lists, but even ...

Lincoln of Wayne: Three Generations Build One of Nation's Top Car Dealerships

May 13, 2021

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the dealership’s unique history being a third-generation, family-owned business.

Spina’s grandfather, Gaspar Spina, started selling cars in the 1950s and established the dealership in 1962.

“Back then, the industry was very different,” Spina explained. “He worked his ...