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MONEY Names Edison Township Among 2016's Best Place to Live in New Jersey

September 28, 2016

EDISON  – MONEY magazine has just named Edison Township one of New Jersey's four Best Places to Live and ranks this sprawling town as 19th among the 50 Best Places to Live in America for 2016, a press release from the township said Monday.

According to the release, the reasons MONEY cited the town is Edison's affordable housing prices, low unemployment, top-notch public ...

Edison Council Passes Rideshare Permit Ordinance

EDISON, NJ – Driving for Uber, Lyft or another online ride share service now requires resident drivers to get a permit.

The Township Council unanimously passed an ordinance on Sept. 14 that requires township residents that drive for an online rideshare service, like the popular Uber or Lyft apps, to get a permit from the Chief of Police.

Rideshare services use cell phone applications ...

Edison Council Approves Police Contracts

EDISON, NJ – Township Council members unanimously approved labor contracts with both police officers and supervisors Wednesday night.

The agreements with both officers in the PBA Local 75 and the supervisors union will grant a 2 percent raise as of Sept. 1 of this year and a 2.9 percent raise in 2017, according to officials.

There is no increase in pay for either 2014 or 2015, ...

Counterfeit Barcode Scheme Ends in Charges for Union County Police Officer

September 28, 2016

UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Clark Target was one of several area stores targeted by Blake Clay, 33, when he went on an illegal discount shopping spree, according to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.

Clay, a Rahway resident and Union County Police Department officer, used fake barcodes to “significantly lower” the prices of items that would then be rung up at ...

Off-Duty Edison Police Sergeant Helps Save Fellow Juror

EDISON, NJ – A township police sergeant, who reported to the Middlesex County Courthouse for jury duty on his day off from work, helped save the life of another potential juror on Thursday after he collapsed, according to a press release from the department.

With help from a female juror, off-duty police Sgt. Michael Carter administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to the ...

South Plainfield Police Search for Hotel Robbery Suspects Who Posed as Cops

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -South Plainfield Police are looking for the public's help in identifying two robbery suspects who posed as police officers. The robbery took place at the Red Carpet Inn located on Hamilton Boulevard.

According to police the suspects entered the hotel, showed a badge to the front desk clerk and identified themselves as police officers investigating an incident.

South Brunswick Girls Soccer Denies J.P. Stevens Comeback In 6-4 Victory

September 28, 2016

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – The J.P. Stevens Hawks girls soccer team could not overcome the Vikings two-point halftime lead, despite a second half scoring barrage, losing on the road Tuesday 6-4.

The Vikings went up 3-1 in the first half and scored three more goals in the second half, enough to deny the Hawks three-goal second period comeback attempt.

The Vikings Adrianna Mouzakis and the ...

South Brunswick Lady Vikings Soccer Take Down Wardlaw-Hartridge Rams 4-2

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Offense returned to the lady Vikings soccer team Saturday as it outscored the Wardlaw-Hartridge Rams 4-2 at home.

“I thought it was a tough team but our team worked together well as a whole today even with the people that were missing,” Senior Rachel Hecht said after the game. “We still managed to work hard and give it our all which allowed us to ...

South Brunswick Lady Vikings Volleyball Take Edison Eagles 2-1

EDISON, NJ – The South Brunswick lady Vikings volleyball team continued its winning ways on Wednesday night, edging out the Edison Eagles 2-1. 

The Vikings have now won five out of their last six games as they took the Eagles to three sets.  

The Vikings took the first set 25-22, dropped the second set 25-20 but closed the match out in the final set 25-15.  

South ...

Edison Arts Society Sponsors "Arts on Amboy"

September 14, 2016

Edison, NJ – On Saturday, September 10th the Edison Arts Society sponsored “Arts on Amboy,” a showcase for local artisans. This show, featuring over twenty artists, was a juried event. The winners, selected by local EAS artist, Ray Skibinski, received cash awards for their outstanding achievements.

“I am happy to see that several student groups are here,” stated ...

South Plainfield Public Library presents What’s It Worth: Antique Appraisal with Alan Snyder

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Who hasn’t watched Antiques Roadshow with curiosity and wonder and thought about Aunt Sally’s old costume jewelry, coffee or tea set or that clock that was passed down from your great-grandfather?   Could they really be worth something, aside from sentimental value?  Take a closer look at the items on your shelves, dig around your basements ...

Edison Marching Eagles State Champs to Host Festival of Marching

EDISON, NJ - The Edison High School Marching Band is holding its annual Festival of Marching this Saturday, September 10th at 5:00pm.  This premier event is the kick-off to the Marching Band season in New Jersey, and will be held at the Matthew J. Drwal Stadium at Edison High School.

This competition will showcase many of the area's top marching bands including Edison ...

Edison Council Passes Rideshare Permit Ordinance

September 22, 2016

EDISON, NJ – Driving for Uber, Lyft or another online ride share service now requires resident drivers to get a permit.

The Township Council unanimously passed an ordinance on Sept. 14 that requires township residents that drive for an online rideshare service, like the popular Uber or Lyft apps, to get a permit from the Chief of Police.

Rideshare services use cell phone applications ...

Edison: BOE Candidate Nilesh Dasondi Withdraws From Race Due To Past Conviction

EDISON, NJ – Board of Education candidate Nilesh Dasondi issued a statement Friday withdrawing his candidacy due to a past criminal conviction for money laundering dealing with visa fraud.

“I have decided to withdraw as a candidate from the Edison Board of Education election on Nov. 8, after careful consideration and after speaking to my family, close friends and many ...

Edison: John P. Stevens Teachers Win $2K Grant

EDISON, NJ – A group of teachers from John P. Stevens High School won a $2,000 grant competition from a financial services firm in New York, according to a press release from the company Thursday.

Teachers Laura Holborow, Kate Rosenberg, Marissa Freeman and Megan Gardner won the grant in the Voya Financial Unsung Heroes Program, the release said.

According to the company, Voya ...

Princeton: U.S. Sen. Cory Booker Opens Clinton Campaign's State Headquarters

September 19, 2016

PRINCETON, NJ – He may not have been acquainted with her prior to this election, but it didn't take long for U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, to fall for former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Opening the candidate's state campaign headquarters Sunday afternoon, Booker said that he fell in “agape love” with Clinton's spirit on ...

MONEY Names Edison Township Among 2016's Best Place to Live in New Jersey

September 28, 2016

EDISON  – MONEY magazine has just named Edison Township one of New Jersey's four Best Places to Live and ranks this sprawling town as 19th among the 50 Best Places to Live in America for 2016, a press release from the township said Monday.

According to the release, the reasons MONEY cited the town is Edison's affordable housing prices, low unemployment, top-notch public ...

Turn Yard Waste into Gardener’s Gold - Compost

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Save time and money by turning landscape trimmings into a valuable soil amendment.

The idea is simple, just collect disease- and insect-free plant debris into a heap and let it decompose into a fine, nutrient rich material that helps improve the soil. Don’t add meat, dairy, invasive plants, weeds that have gone to seed or perennial weeds that can take root and ...

Edison: Motel Owner Pleads Guilty To $81K Sandy Fraud

September 26, 2016

EDISON, NJ – A township man who owns a motel in Toms River is looking at three years in state prison after pleading guilty to bilking the federal government out of more than $81,000 in Superstorm Sandy disaster aid, officials said Monday.

Sandipkumar Patel, 43, of Edison, pleaded guilty in front of Ocean County Superior Court Judge Wendel Daniels on Monday to fraudulently charging the ...

9 PM Update: Bomb Suspect Was Edison High School 07 Graduate, Hit With Attempted Muder Charges

ELIZABETH, NJ - City resident Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man suspected of planting bombs in the region, was charged today with five counts of attempted murder, charges stemming from a gunfight that ensued when police encountered him in Linden this morning, said authorities.

The charges were announced late in the day by Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park. 

In addition to the five ...

Edison: Four Police Officers Plead Guilty To Retaliation Charge Against North Brunswick Cop

EDISON, NJ – Four township police officers pleaded guilty Friday to charges they planned to retaliate against a North Brunswick police officer who arrested an individual, known to one of the officers, for drunk driving in 2012, according to a Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office press release.

Officers Michael Dotro, 39, of Manalapan, Brian Favretto, 41, of Brick, Victor Aravena, ...

Willow Grove Church Sponsors Worship and Picnic in the Park

September 16, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Willow Grove Presbyterian Church is hosting an outdoor worship service followed by a picnic on Sunday, Sept. 25, starting at 10:00 am at LaGrande Park in Fanwood. For this come-as-you-are service, the community is invited to worship under the pavilion on the picnic benches. People are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item (no glass) or paper ...

Five Fall Festivals to Entertain This Weekend

September 28, 2016

TAPinto Travels Presents

October is the prime time to attend fall festivals within the North Jersey area. The weather is still warm to enjoy the outdoors with your entire family. Throughout the first weekend of October, you can travel across the state to attend events that celebrate the harvest season.

 

Lenape Day

One of the more unique cultural experiences occurs every ...

Savor the Fall with a New Jersey Winery Tour

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Cancel the trip to Tuscany. New Jersey is receiving a great deal of acclaim for their vineyards with award-winning wines being produced every day.  Americans are enjoying fine wine like never before and the Garden State has become a destination for winery tours and tastings.  Many wineries also offer delightful dining on their scenic ...

Four Ideas for Family Fun this Weekend

TAPinto Travels Presents

Enjoy the crisp fall air this weekend by traveling to Northern New Jersey for a slew of fun-filled festivals and events. With plenty of food, drink, and music at each event, you and your entire family are guaranteed to go home happy.

Oktoberfest at Mountain Creek in Vernon

Every year, Mountain Creek holds the top Oktoberfest in the entire ...

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Edison

Upcoming Events

Wed, September 28, 1:00 PM

Saint James Episcopal Church Office, Edison

Get a (Prayer) Life

Religions And Spirituality

Sat, October 1, 1:00 PM

American Legion Post 253 (on the Lake), Spotswood

American Legion Post 253 Annual Veterans Picnic

Food & Drink Giving Back Other

Sat, October 1, 6:00 PM

Perle Nightclub and Lounge, New Brunswick

East Brunswick High School Class of 1991 Reunion

Education

Parents are the Only Hope for NJ Public Education

September 25, 2016

I really wanted to take one of my precious few PTO days I had left to drive down to Trenton on September 7th and tell the State Board of Education how disappointed I was in them, again.... but more important things were going on. There was a Kindergarten bus to catch and a first day of school morning to have and I had already wasted 2 of those precious days on a state BOE that has all but ignored ...

BREAKING NEWS: South Brunswick Police, Emergency Crews On Scene Of Fatal Route 535 Accident, Heavy Traffic Delays Reported

September 27, 2016

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police and emergency crews are currently on the scene of a fatal crash on Route 535 and Route 32 that has closed Route 32 both ways at Commerce Boulevard, police said.

Capt. Jim Ryan said one person died in the two car crash at about 1:25 p.m. and that the accident is backing up traffic on both roads and in the area as the investigation continues into this ...

Emmy Award Eludes Somerville TV Producer – But She Did Get to Walk Down the Red Carpet

September 26, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – The coveted Emmy Award, the epitome of success in the television industry, eluded Somerville, NJ television producer Stephanie Zaita Peterson, but there is some consolation.

It’s not every day that you get to walk down the red carpet of fame.

That’s just one of the memories she and her husband Adam brought back home with them after a whirlwind trip to the ...

South Plainfield Resident Joins Wisniewski Law Firm

September 28, 2016

Wisniewski & Associates, LLC, in Sayreville welcomes Carla Zappi of South Plainfield as an associate.
 
Zappi handles PIP arbitration on behalf of insurance companies, plaintiff property damage litigation, residential real estate purchases/sales, creation of trusts and other estate planning documents, municipal court defense and other general litigation matters.

Previously, she ...

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben (Penguin, 2016)

 

Think Space Mountain in Disney World, which you ride in complete darkness. It's the only roller coaster in the world that I will ride on because I can't see all the scarey dips and whirls coming at me in the inkiness. Riding Space Mountain is the best analogy that I can think of for reading Harlan Coben's hottest best seller ...

Letting the Jean-ie Out of the Bottle

Sometime between the end of last spring and the beginning of this fall, someone snuck into my closet and shrunk all my jeans.  I tried to convince my husband that we had a problem with the dryer, but since all of his jeans still fit, it was a hard sell.  Without thinking it through, he scoffed and suggested that maybe it wasn't the jeans – maybe it was ...

‘Bathing in Moonlight’ Recalls 1950s Cuba

PRINCETON, NJ – Although this  play by Nilo Cruz is set in 2015, reflecting both Cuba and Miami, the theme is closer to struggles at least 30 years earlier. 

A priest who falls in love would more likely become an Episcopalian or even a Unitarian. So this dichotomy makes the whole premise less than believable. It’s really “The Thornbirds” revisited.
Raul ...