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Perth Amboy Mourns Veteran Patrolman’s Death

April 30, 2021

PERTH AMBOY -  City officials and police are mourning the loss of Patrolman Arcadio Rivera Jr., who died after suffering a medical emergency Wednesday that caused him to crash his personal vehicle while off-duty in the city's Harbortown section.

Authorities say Rivera, 54, a 26-year veteran cop, apparently lost control of his car at 7:30 pm Wednesday and hit several parked cars before ...

Correctional Police Officer from East Brunswick Faces Charges Related to Inmate Assault at Edna Mahan Facility

TRENTON, NJ - Following an event involving the of the excessive use of force and "assaultive conduct," Lt. Eddie Molina, 42, of East Brunswick, N.J. has been charged with Official Misconduct (Two Counts, 2nd Degree) and Tampering with Public Records or Information (3rd Degree) says a release from the office of New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir ...

Middlesex County Man Admits to Fraud, Stealing PPP Loans Meant for Small Businesses

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - A Middlesex County man has admitted to fraudulently accepting loans from the Payment Protection Program (PPP),  which is designed to provide forgivable loans to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Bernard Lopez, age 40, pleaded guilty by video conference to charges of bank fraud and theft of government funds, according to a press release from the ...

SBPD: Man Gets 5 Years in State Prison for "Grandparent Scam"

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A man from the Bronx was sentenced to five years in New Jersey State Prison for stealing over $140,000 from eight older residents in 2020, according to the New Jersey Attorney General’s office. Osvaldo Thomas, age 41, pleaded guilty to charges of theft by deception in the state’s Superior ...

Sunday Marked the 10-Year Anniversary of Sara’s Law, Named in Memory of a Sayreville Resident

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- April 11 marked the 10-year anniversary of the signing of Sara’s Law, a next of kin emergency notification system created in memory of Sara Elizabeth Dubinin from Sayreville.

Sara’s Law is a voluntary, free state-wide Next-of-Kin Registry that allows residents to submit additional information, accessible by law enforcement officers in case of a ...

Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office Holds Online Panel to Discuss Use of Force Policy Changes

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - In a live-streamed event, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccione, the Middlesex County Association of Chiefs of Police and the NAACP discussed the state’s revised use of force policy for law enforcement. Officials summarized the new guidelines and explained how they impact policing and the broader community.

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North Brunswick's Chris Quaglin is Arrested for Assault for January 6 Insurrection at US Capitol

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Christopher Joseph Quaglin of North Brunswick, NJ has been arrested and charged by the United States Department of Justice for his involvement in the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the United States Capitol.  Quaglin faces charges that include Assaulting, Resisting or Impeding Certain Officers or Employees; Civil Disorder; and Obstruction of an ...

New Data Reveals Number of Police Use-Of-Force Incidents in East Brunswick, Statewide

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Law enforcement use-of-force data, including statistics from East Brunswick, is now publicly available as part of a new statewide dashboard that debuted Tuesday.

The Use of Force Dashboard tracks more than 3,000 New Jersey use-of-force cases from October through February as part of a “beta” test dashboard created by state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. The ...

Middlesex County Prosecutor Hears Complaint of "A Culture of Retaliation" in SBPD

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka is facing allegations of a ‘culture of retaliation’ against an officer who attempted to report misconduct. According to a lawsuit, Officer Ricardo Moreira was suspended and ostracized from the department for acting under CEPA (Conscientious Employee Protection Act) to inform the municipality and the ...

Local Connection: New Brunswick Man One of Two Charged in Death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick

WASHINGTON, DC - Capitol Police Officer and South River native Brian Sicknick lost his life following the savage attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.  He was one of three police officers who were sprayed with chemicals used to repel animals in the wild.  One officer had minor injuries, one had facial and eye burns that have yet to heal and one died. Sicknick ...

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NJ has America’s Best Pizza, Food & Wine Says. But You Already Knew That

May 2, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Food & Wine magazine made waves this week when it declared New Jersey the No. 1 pizza state in America and proclaimed that New York is No. 3. In the No. 2 spot? Connecticut.

You can read the article, in which the author recommends “The Best Pizza in Every State,” here.

MORE: Pizza in High Demand During Pandemic, NJ Restaurant Owners Say

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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 ...

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 ...

When Facebook Groups Replace Credible News Outlets

Facebook already serves as a news source for more than half of all Americans. But some communities solely rely on Facebook and other social media platforms for local information because no nearby news outlet exists.

Local groups dominate the digital landscape, often accumulating thousands of active participants who populate public forums with well-meaning but unvetted information. Even ...

CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program to be Offered Virtually by Rutgers Cooperative Extension

May 5, 2021

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY --  The Department of Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS) of Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) has launched “NJ Empower to Prevent,” its local version of the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program. 

This project is funded by a grant from the New Jersey Diabetes Prevention and Control Program of the New Jersey Department of ...

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.

"Asthma: Finding the Ease in Your Wheeze" at the East Brunswick Public Library

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—Saint Peter’s University Hospital partners with East Brunswick Public Library, located on 2 Jean Walling Civic Center Drive, to present the online program, “Asthma: Finding the Ease in Your Wheeze,” on Friday, May 7 at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom.

 

This virtual presentation provides an overview of asthma, including what asthma is, the symptoms, ...

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 ...

NJ Dentist and his Pit Bull Therapy Dog Give Back to Local Community

April 28, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- While Joseph DalBon, DMD, may be best known as a top-notch local dentist at the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry, he is also the proud owner of a therapy dog. Dr. DalBon spoke with TAPintoTV about his Pit Bull puppy, Olivia, the services she provides to others in the community, and how he came to recognize her unique talents.

DalBon realized Olivia was ...