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State Senate Approves Task Force to Examine Bullying in Schools

December 18, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey State Senate approved the establishment of a task force to implement the recommendations made in the “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act” on Monday.  The measure, which was sponsored by Senator Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex), was released from the Senate by a vote of 39-0.  If approved, the task force created by the bill would examine, ...

Clara Barton Library Expands Hours of Operation

EDISON, NJ-   As first reported by TAPinto Edison, the Edison Public libraries have expanded the hours of the Clara Barton Branch.  On Tuesday, The Clara Barton Branch held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the branch’s newly expanded hours.

“Expanding access to this library is just the starting point.  I want the residents of Clara Barton to know ...

Internship Opportunities Announced by the Office of Assemblyman Karabinchak

Edison, NJ -  The Office of Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak announced that it is currently accepting applications for Legislative Internships for the Fall Semester, Spring Semester, and Summer. The unpaid internship program is offered for credit or community service hours. Requirements for the program, including scheduled hours, may vary based on the school or internship class that will ...

Middlesex County Sheriff's Office Accepting Applications for Civilian Academy

December 17, 2018

Middlesex County, NJ –  The Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office announced that it is now accepting applications for an 8-week-long Sheriff’s Civilian Academy.  The Academy, open to residents of Middlesex County and now in its eighth year,  will begin in the spring of 2019. The first session is scheduled for March 14, 2019 and classes will continue weekly on ...

Telephone Scam Includes Threats of Warrants

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Authorities are warning Middlesex County residents of scam calls from people claiming to be law enforcement officers who have outstanding warrants that can only be avoided through the use of prepaid credit cards,

The Middlesex County Sheriff's Office is advising residents to be aware of the continuing phone scam targeting the area.

In the most recent scam ...

DUI on Parkway Leads to Passenger Death, Manslaughter Charge

GARDEN STATE PARKWAY - Following the death of her passenger in a crash on the Garden State Parkway, a young woman from Middletown has been charged with aggravated manslaughter in the first degree and assault by auto in the third degree.  She also was issued motor vehicle summonses for driving while intoxicated, reckless and careless driving, and failure to maintain ...

Girls Basketball: J.P. Stevens Defeats Monroe 50 to 42

December 17, 2018

Edison, NJ – The J.P. Stevens Girls Basketball team defeated Monroe 50 to 42 on Friday. Megan Duffy (Jr.) led the Hawks with 20 points and 7 rebounds.  Kayla Gatling (Sr.) added 10 points and 12 rebounds. Kiarah Turner (Sr.) rounded top scorers for the Hawks with 12 points and 7 rebounds.

The Hawks (1-0) will next play East Brunswick on December 18.

Ashnault and Rutgers Come up Big at Home in Rival Dual against Rider

PISCATAWAY, NJ - There are few things better in college wrestling than a good old-fashioned rivalry dual, and there aren’t too many states better at having them than New Jersey.

The crowd at Rutgers Athletic Center certainly made it seem that way, as the Rutgers wrestling team, ranked No. 25 in the country, hosted their rivals from Lawrenceville, Rider. Thanks to the efforts of standouts ...

Rutgers Athletes Break Record Off the Field

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers student athletes this week gained recognition from the Big Ten Conference, with 86 Scarlet Knight players named to the Fall 2018 Academic All-Big Ten List.

The total number of recognized fall sport athletes is a record for the university, topping the 84 students who received the honor in the fall of 2015.

Brian Shushkovsk, of Morganville was recognized as one of 40 ...

Amazon Funds New Breakfast Program for Edison High School Students

December 18, 2018

 EDISON, NJ  - Amazon surprised students at Edison High School when employees from the company delivered bananas and engaged students in fun activities to emphasize the importance of eating a nutritious breakfast. Edison High School is one of 100 schools across the nation to receive a grant from Amazon to help incorporate breakfast into the school day.

“We are proud to call New ...

Edison BOE Member Warns against the Online "Momo Challenge" Game

Edison, NJ -  Edison Board of Education Member Shannon Peng is warning parents about a new online trend that appears to be targeting children, some as young as 6 years old.  The viral trend known as the “Momo Challenge” uses an avatar to communicate with children via the smartphone app “WhatsApp” or through Facebook.   After phone users are enticed to ...

Rutgers Report Views Online Classes As the Future

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Ten years ago, 1,234 were taking online college courses at Rutgers University.

Last year, in the fall semester of 2017, that number reached 23,042, according to university figures.

Nationwide over 6.4 million people are sitting in front of computers to take college courses, about one-third of all the students taking high education classes, Richard Novak, Rutgers ...

Edison Public Library Foundation Offers Special Holiday Sale

December 14, 2018

Edison, NJ – The Edison Public Library Foundation is selling vases at all 3 library branches as part of its Holiday Sale. Residents can visit the Circulation Desks at any of library branch's  and choose from a large variety of vases. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Edison Public Library Foundation.

The vases were donated by Peter Chen, a former Edison  resident.

NJRC Seek Comments On Proposed Sports Wagering Rules

TRENTON, N.J. — The New Jersey Racing Commission is accepting comments on proposed rules regarding sports wagering at racetracks and former racetracks in New Jersey.

On June 11, Gov. Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill 4111, allowing sports betting at New Jersey casinos and racetracks for certain professional and collegiate sports or athletic events. On June 13, The New Jersey Racing ...

The Edison High School Theatre Department Presents, "It's a Wonderful Life."

The Edison High School Theatre Department will be putting on "It's A Wonderful Life" directed by Maureen O'Connor. 

The play tells the story of George Bailey, a young man who is determined to get out of his hometown of Bedford Falls and conquer the world. When George's father suddenly passes away, George takes over his family business, gets married to a Bedford Falls ...

Holiday Shopping Countdown: Ways to Protect Against Consumer Fraud

December 18, 2018

As your holiday shopping days wane, it is important to stay alert for scams, misleading advertising or unfair business practices whether you make online or in-store purchases.

Consider the following advice, compiled from various consumer affairs resources.

When You’re Out Shopping:

Make sure the scanned prices for your purchases are correct. Overcharges cost time and money, ...

Search is on for SBA’s 2019 NJ Small Business Person of the Year

NEWARK, NJ –  The U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting nominations for all National Small Business Week Awards, including 2019 New Jersey Small Business Person of the Year.  According to the agency,  all nominations must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. EST, Wednesday, January 9, 2019. 

Nomination packages may only be hand delivered or mailed to an SBA ...

AAA: New Jersey, National average gas prices continue to decline into December

A report from the American Automobile Association (AAA) shows that the average price for a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey continues to decline, dropping seven cents from last week to $2.52 ($2.59). Today’s average price is 24 cents cheaper than one month ago ($2.76) and two cents cheaper than it was on December 3, 2017 ($2.54).

AAA Northeast’s ...

Keep Holiday Plants Looking Their Best

December 17, 2018

The holiday season has arrived.  That means you will be on the giving or receiving end of a poinsettia, Christmas cactus, cyclamen, amaryllis or other holiday plant.  Extend the beauty and longevity of these holiday beauties with proper care.

And that starts the minute you leave the florist or garden center.  Always protect your gift plants from the harsh outdoors.  ...

If It Rips, It Can Be Recycled: Green Tips for Holidays

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - All the wrapping paper that gift-givers carefully fold and tape around boxes, the brightly-colored stuff the young gift-receivers tear through to get to presents, can have a purpose even after ending up in a pile on the floor.

Middlesex County officials are urging people to take the used wrapping and recycle it, but caution not everything can be recycled.

In tips for ...

New Organization Seeks to Beautify Edison

EDISON,NJ - Recently launched Beautiful Edison, a nonprofit, will be hosting an informational presentation at the Clara Barton First Aid Squad, located at 1079 Amboy Avenue in Edison, on December 14 at 7 p.m.  According to organizers, the event is intended to help introduce the organization and review its goals and objectives as well as get feedback from the community.

Beautiful Edison ...

MCC's Democracy House Donates Coats

December 15, 2018

Democracy House, Middlesex County College’s volunteer service program, collected 42 coats from the College community and gave them to Jersey Cares, which will distribute them to people in need around the county. From left: Arianna Illa, Career Services coordinator who oversees Democracy House; Zaineb Haider (South Brunswick), Asad Faruqi (North Brunswick), Natalie Perera (Edison), Eileen ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Send Cards to Detention Camp

EDISON, NJ -- Middle and Upper School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison created Christmas cards to send greetings and positive thoughts to adolescent immigrants who have been detained for several months at the Tornillo detention camp in West Texas after fleeing violence in Central America.

The facility, which was supposed to be temporary, houses 2,400 currently and the ...

Operation Cookie Swap Spreads Holiday Cheer To Area Military Families

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The third annual Operation Cookie Swap went into full drive on December 2, mobilizing to bring holiday smiles to active and non-active military families in the area. Operation Cookie Swap is sponsored by the SSG Michael Ollis Freedom Foundation and Amici’s Bakery in Monroe Township. The yummy holiday event is organized by long time borough resident Kimberly Ollis-Loschiavo ...

2 Year Old Florida Girl Needs Rare Blood Donors to Survive

December 18, 2018

To donate blood or for information on how to organize a blood drive
Please call Toll Free: 1-800-933-2566
Visit: www.nybloodcenter.org

New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS) is assisting in an international search to find blood donors who match a 2 year-old Florida girl recently diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer found in younger patients.  Her treatment will rely on ...

New Pilot Program Plugs Gap in Aid to Homeless After Medical Treatment

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It was a glaring gap in the system. People repeatedly going to hospital emergency rooms to deal with a health crisis, receive treatment and be released, only to return days later with another crisis.

In a single two-year stretch, Middlesex County found, one patient had gone to emergency rooms in New Brunswick hospitals 111 times. Often, those frequenting hospitals had ...

Spread Cheer, Not Foodborne Illnesses This Holiday Season

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Hosting a holiday gathering this holiday season? The United States Department of Agriculture wants to make sure you're not spreading bacteria that can cause harmful foodborne illnesses.

A study performed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service along with North Carolina State University found that 48% of spice containers, 11% of ...

Beloved Search and Rescue Bloodhound Aided Police, Succumbs to Cancer

December 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - He was always called "Joker," short for Canine 832 Joker's Wild, and for five years, this bloodhound assisted police in Middlesex County on countless missing persons and other investigations.

In 2015, after a young woman was violently assaulted and left for dead, Joker found a track and led law enforcement officers to a residence, and ultimately led to ...

Edison Resident Sentenced to Seven Years in State Prison for Conspiring With Doctor to Supply Opioids to Drug Ring

TRENTON, NJ  –  A Warren businessman and Edison resident who operated a hearing aid company was sentenced to state prison today for conspiring with a doctor to supply a drug ring with tens of thousands of high-dose pills of the highly addictive opioid painkiller oxycodone, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced on Friday.

Andrew Stoveken, 68, of Edison, N.J., was ...

Edison Police Officer Arrested, Charged with Tampering with Evidence

Edison, NJ - Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan announced that an Edison police officer was arrested and charged today with tampering with evidence and the obstruction of a criminal investigation.

Nicholas R. Lunetta, 31, an Edison Police Officer from Scotch Plains, has been charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of ...

Union Catholic's Audrey Davis, Ryan Woods and Mr. Elito Tanyag Are Honored

December 6, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- Union Catholic seniors Ryan Woods and Audrey Davis and faculty member Elito Tanyag were recently recognized for their commitment to Union Catholic's faith-based community at a special Youth Ministry Recognition Ceremony at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark.  Mr. Woods and Ms. Davis were recognized for  their  service to their parish or ...

Edison Celebrates the Festival of Lights, Edison Township Menorah Lighting

EDISON, NJ – The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County in conjunction with the   Edison Recreation Department held The Edison Township Menorah Lighting & Hanukkah Celebration to celebrate the festival of lights on Dec. 3.

The event featured holiday music, provided by “Tuvia”, and performances by the John Adams Middle School Bel Canto Choir, directed by ...

Twelve Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week (Dec. 10)

December 10, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – Just a couple more weeks left in December before we start the new year. If you still have events you want to attend or activities you want to do, do them! Below is a list of events going on this week, so you can make what’s left of 2018 a great one.

Monday, December 10
An Evening with Bob Woodward 8 p.m.
Where: State Theatre New Jersey

Everywhere legendary ...

Christmas Cheer Comes to Clara Barton

EDISON, NJ – Edison Township’s 29th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting took place on Thursday at The Heritage at Clara Barton. Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey lit the tree alongside Santa and the Grinch. Also present at the event were members of the Edison Township Council.

The event featured musical entertainment from The Herbert Hoover Middle School Chorus, directed by Marc Conley, and ...

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TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Ferlanda Nixon of TAPinto Denville

In less than 3 months, new owner/publisher of TAPinto Denville, Ferlanda Nixon, has nearly tripled the site's traffic and has made TAPinto Denville the go-to place to get original local news about the community. "Ferlanda is really rocking it in Denville. TAPinto Denville is experiencing incredible growth in such a short period of time since Ferlanda franchised TAPinto ...

EBPD Officer Assaulted during Father-Son Dispute on Ryders Lane

December 14, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - A breakdown on Ryders Lane caused a problem for an east Brunswick Police Department officer when a father and son got into a tussle following the report of a disabled vehicle. 

On December 10, 2018 at approximately 12am, Ptl. Luke Guinee was dispatched to the area of Ryders Lane near Sullivan Way for a report of a disabled motor vehicle, says a report issued by ...

Somerville: Craft Beers Soon To Be Brewing on Main Street

December 18, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Everyone but the brewmeister will be working Tuesday at Village Brewing Company.

Just two months away from drawing the first mug of "Somerville Red" and other craft beers brewed on the premises, the owners of what will be the largest micro-brewery in Somerset County were busy Tuesday making sure that plumbers, painters, masons and other workmen didn't get ...

Union Catholic Held Annual Christmas Blood Drive on Monday

December 18, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- The main foyer at Union Catholic was transformed into a makeshift medical center on Monday when the school hosted its annual Christmas Blood Drive.

Students, staff, parents, alumni and members of the UC Community all took part in this great cause, which was held in conjunction with the New York Blood Center.

It was the first of two Blood Drives that will be ...

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – From the chilly winter in Sicilia to the warmth and summer joys of Bohemia, the scene and tenor shift halfway through “The Winter’s Tale,”

This convoluted plot involving Leontes, King of Sicilia and King Polixenes of Bohemia, circles ...