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Diocese of Metuchen's First Spanish-speaking Class of Deacons Ordained for Ministry

May 23, 2022

MIDDLESEX COUNTY – The first-ever fully Spanish-speaking class of deacons has been ordained for service in the Diocese of Metuchen – including service in two parishes in New Brunswick.

Pedro Sanchez Duval has been ordained to serve at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on Morris Street and Jose Suarez Aular has been ordained to serve at Parish of the Visitation on Sandford Street.

The class ...

East Brunswick: Vibrant Church Hosts Opening on June 5

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - An East Brunswick Christian faith community has found a home at 5 Fern Road, sharing space with Temple B'Nai Shalom.  The Vibrant Church invites local residents to its official opening on Sunday, June 5 at 2:00 pm. Kevin and Crystal Pleasant are co-pastors of the "Vibrant Church with a heart for the nations."

Say the Pastors, "We focus on positively ...

Ramadan Celebration Lights Up East Brunswick

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - As the solemn observance of Ramadan draws to a close this week, Muslims in East Brunswick will reflect on the Second Annual Ramadan lighting ceremony to commemorate the holy month that is celebrated by Muslims around the world.

To make Ramadan special, the East Brunswick Township hosted 2nd annual Ramadan lighting ceremony to commemorate the holy month that is ...

Somerville Church Hosts Central Jersey Walk for Ukraine on Main Street

SOMERVILLE, NJ - United Reformed Church, The Church on Main is hosting the Central Jersey #Walk4Ukraine to raise funds to support Ukrainian refugees.

The Central Jersey #Walk4Ukraine will take place on Friday, April 22 at 12:30 p.m. The walk will start and end at United Reformed Church, 100 W. Main St. and will include walking the town’s Main Street to show support and solidarity ...

East Brunswick: All are Invited to Ramadan Lighting Event

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Human Relations Council and the Township of East Brunswick invite residents to join them as they host the Second Annual Ramadan lighting event on March 31, 2022.

The event will be held at 6:30 pm near the East Brunswick Municipal Pond

Family, friends and neighbors are invited to join in the commemoration of the Muslim holy month of ...

At Ukrainian Church in New Brunswick, Prayers for Peace and a Search for Hope

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Sunday morning’s gloomy skies gave off just enough light to illuminate the stained-glass windows inside the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Dozens of candles set on alters flickered as a woman in a grey raincoat clenched her hands together in prayer. 

A man in a black leather jacket and khakis stood behind her, his eyes closed as he ...

Franklin Township: Murphy Attends Prayer Vigil at St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Memorial Church

SOMERSET, NJ - A large crowd gathered outside on the lawn of the Spiritual Center - Metropolia of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA in Franklin for a prayer vigil Monday night. 

Gov. Phil Murphy joined other officials to support the people of Ukraine during their current conflict with Russia. Murphy says with just about 75,500 Ukrainians, New Jersey is home to one of ...

East Brunswick Planning Board: Revisions, Controversy Lead Discussion of Temple Expansion

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Concerned citizens in the Lawrence Brook area have their eyes on the proposed expansion of the Sadhu Vaswani Temple at 110 Ryders Lane.  The location, with an entrance off Ryders, currently hosts a single-story house of worship and large parking lot. The congregation has laid plans for building two larger buildings, reoriented parking, and a couple of ...

Saint Peter's University Hospital Marks World Day of the Sick with Annual Mass

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Saint Peter’s University Hospital recently observed World Day of the Sick – a moment when prayers are offered for those who are suffering, praise is given to their caretakers and faith organizations mark this day by providing medicines, food and spiritual guidance.

It hosted its annual mass on Friday, Feb. 11, when the Most Reverend James F. Checchio, ...

St. Peter's Episcopal Church Hoping to Draw People to its Historic Campus with New Community Space

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The SHOP at St. Peter's was bustling on February 5 as it welcomed customers back to its newly-renovated thrift shop. The space occupying the original thrift shop got a makeover too. It's now a community space that has been nicknamed the "living room" by volunteers. The area actually encompasses the oldest part of the campus of the historic St. Peter's ...


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Rutgers Football, Men's Basketball Teams New Radio Deal Likely to Expand Their Profiles

May 28, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – An agreement with a leading multi-platform audio content and entertainment company will broadcast Rutgers football and men’s basketball games to more listeners in and around the tri-state area and beyond.

A multiyear agreement with Audacy promises to raise the Scarlet Knights’ sports profile by making WFAN-FM 101.9/WFAN-AM 660 the radio home of the Rutgers ...

Sweet Success: Rutgers Researchers Create New Strawberry

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – After 15 years of work, a couple of Rutgers researchers are enjoying the fruits of their labor: a new strawberry.

Bred for its flavorful fruit, Rutgers D’Light has a unique shape – a Christmas light - that makes it the ideal strawberry for dipping in chocolate, according to Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) agent Bill ...

New Rutgers Women's Basketball Coach 'Beyond Thrilled'

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers’ new women’s basketball coach has 22 years of coaching experience, was a star player and a trailblazer in the WNBA and is a wife and mother of two.

Coquese Washington, who was named as the third full-time women’s basketball head coach in school history, brings an impressive resume to Rutgers.

Washington will be tasked with taking over for ...

Thomas Kang Becomes Owner/Publisher of 5 TAPinto Local News and Digital Marketing Platforms

MILLBURN, NJ — Thomas Kang is the new owner/publisher of TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills, TAPinto Springfield, TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove, TAPinto West Essex and TAPinto West Orange. He took over the local news and digital marketing platforms on March 1, 2022.

Kang, who grew up in the Philadelphia area, moved to New Jersey about two years ago. He's also lived in ...

'Two Minutes with TAPinto' Features South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen.

When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time.

"I say this to all ...

Drawing the Line Between News and Content Marketing is Key to Publisher Credibility and Success

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Publishers invest significant time and financial resources in building their audience. No one has the right to have their content placed in front of the audience you’ve built. Public relations firms and others say their content is newsworthy and they get paid a lot of money to try to make that case to publishers every day.

Drawing the line between news and ...

New Jersey State Parks Announce Memorial Day Beach and Lifeguard Hours

May 24, 2022

NEW JERSEY - Memorial Day Weekend Lifeguard Schedule Island Beach State Park will be staffed with lifeguards from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend. Swimming is only permitted in designated swim areas when lifeguards on are duty.

Additional Swim Areas Opening in June 

The following lakefront swim areas are anticipated to open for ...

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East Brunswick Public Library Holds Six-Week English Language Learners Class

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center Drive) will host a six-week-long English Language Learners class for jobseekers starting on Monday, June 27.

The class will be held in the library’s meeting from Monday through Friday, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The program is designed for intermediate learners to improve their ability to write, read, ...

Dr. Jeffrey Greenberg Discusses Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s and More at East Brunswick Public Library

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—According to the National Institute of Health, about 40% of Americans over 65 will have some memory impairment. Jeffrey Greenberg, MD, will be speaking about this during his presentation “Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Clinical Trials: Providing Hope” at the East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center Drive) on June 14 at 7:00 ...

Middlesex County Commissioner Director Ronald G. Rios monthly column: Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States which is celebrated annually on the last Monday of May. This year, it falls on Monday, May 30. It is on Memorial Day that we honor those service members from all branches of the armed forces who lost their lives in order to ensure that this nation is provided the freedom that we enjoy. 

As we celebrate this day by getting together ...

Unmasked: My Life Solving Cold Cases by Paul Holes

Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases  by Paul Holes with Robin Gaby Fisher. (Celadon, 2022)


Let’s start with this fact. I didn’t sleep for two nights while reading Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases by retired detective Paul Holes and Robin Gaby Fisher. Although the book is an autobiography about Holes’ life as an investigator ...

The Boy Scouts of America must sever ties with the NRA

May 28, 2022

The statistics about guns deaths in the US are outrageous. We all know and are appalled by our inability as a nation to protect ourselves from this scourge. 

I don’t want to repeat what every American and every person around the world wonders- Why can America not reduce the thousands of gun deaths, including the hundreds of children killed in School shootings each ...

‘Calendar Girls’ Captivates at Chatham Playhouse

CHATHAM, NJ — This delightful play, set in Yorkshire, England, lends a risque air to the Women’s Institutes at a local church parish.

The play and film were based on a true story of middle-aged women who were seeking a fundraising idea for Leukemia Research.

They’re desperate to find a way to support their charities and somehow come up with the idea of ...