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Long-time First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens leader Rev. Soaries set to give final sermon in June as church welcomes new pastor Danté Quick

June 1, 2021

SOMERSET, NJ – First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens will say goodbye to a long-time senior pastor at the end of June, welcoming Rev. Danté R. Quick to the Somerset congregation he attended as a seminary student. 

Rev. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr. originally planned to retire from the church in Nov. 2020, but delayed his departure to lead First Baptist through the COVID-19 ...

Do You Know The History of Memorial Day and Wonder How it Became the Start of Summer?

Memorial Day, as the name implies, was established to create a day of remembrance to honor soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the U.S. Civil War. Our culture today, however, associates the holiday with the start of summer activities, like barbecues and going to the beach. How did this once somber holiday become the signal of summer? 

After the Civil War ended in the spring of ...

Franklin’s first Ramadan lighting ceremony: Officials see charity and community as light to guide through challenging year (UPDATE)

SOMERSET, NJ – As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan nears its end, religious leaders and local officials gathered at the performance gazebo on Demott Lane for the township’s first Ramadan lighting ceremony. Amid the state’s recovery from COVID-19, spiritual leaders from various faiths reflected on how community and service to others -- two essential parts of the observation of ...

Saint Peter's Hospital to Host COVID-19 Service, Ceremony in Memory of COVID-19 Patients

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Saint Peter’s Healthcare System will be hosting a remembrance service to honor those lost and affected by COVID-19.

The virtual interfaith service will be held Wednesday, April 21 at 2 p.m.

Immediately after, there will be a commemorative tree planting ceremony outside the hospital’s main entrance, off Park Boulevard.

Masking protocols will be ...

Piscataway: Kenneth Armwood Remembered for a 'Life Well Lived'

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Remembrances of “Ya gotta do something” and “Leave a mark that can't erase” described the life and legacy of Kenneth Armwood, Middlesex County Deputy Commissioner, East Brunswick’s Economic Development Officer, and long-time Piscataway resident on Monday.

The late morning funeral service for Armwood, who passed away March 29 at age 46 ...

'An Evening of Gospel Choirs' Going Virtual Each Saturday in February

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A program that for 38 years has sought to lift every voice and sing is going virtual.

“An Evening of Gospel Choirs,” under the direction of Rutgers professor Angus Kress Gillespie, has drawn the soulful, soaring sounds from many of the historic African American churches from New Brunswick and neighboring towns.

The program will be held virtually because of ...

A Very Merry Christmas!

The Staff and Management of TAPinto Fraklin/Somerset wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas. This has been a challenging year for our country and our community, and we wish you peace and prosperity in 2021. 

So, we leave you with these words written so long ago by John Lennon, and wish your family a peaceful gathering to enjoy all your blessings this of time of year, ...

🎄Christmas Traditions and Interesting History Behind a Few of Them.

 Did you know yuletide caroling began 1,000 years before Christmas existed? Or how about the fact that mistletoe was used to represent immortality long before the holiday reached Europe? And before there was eggnog, the medieval English drank wassail made from mulled ale. 

Maria Kennedy, an instructor of folklore at Rutgers University–New Brunswick’s Department of ...

True-2-Life Ministries Hosts Adopt-A-Family Christmas Dinner

FRANKLIN, NJ – Continuing its mission to give back to community members in need, True-2-Life Ministries of Somerset hosted its 4th annual 'Adopt-A-Family' Christmas Dinner on the evening of Dec. 19. 

At this time, 12 Franklin families, all nominated by members of the non-denominational community-based church, were treated to a full-course dinner and Santa made a special ...

Somerset County Sheriff’s Officer Dies While on Duty

SOMERVILLE, NJ — Ahmed Mackey, a long-time Piscataway resident and Somerset County Sheriff’s officer died on Sunday from an apparent heart attack he suffered while getting ready to go on detail, said Sheriff Darrin Russo.

According to MyCentralJersey.com, Russo said Mackey, who had been a member of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department for almost 20 years became ill while ...

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Council Says No to Legal Weed in Piscataway, For Now

June 13, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ – With the ongoing debate over legalizing marijuana in New Jersey and what any guidelines would look like, on Thursday, the Piscataway Town Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the operation of any class of cannabis business within the township’s geographical boundaries.

The ban means medical and recreational cannabis establishments such as cultivators, ...

EBPD: Thieves Use Distractions to Rob Drivers

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department has notified the public that a crew of thieves is operating in the local area. They watch unsuspecting shoppers or individuals withdrawing money from ATMs, then covertly slash a tire on their vehicle. Once the vehicle is disabled, they pretend to offer assistance. While appearing to render aid, a member of their crew will enter the ...

Passaic Valley High School Celebrates 80 Years of Excellence with Mayors Panel

June 9, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer of East Main Media and TAPintoTV, Brian Brodeur, hosted a panel discussion to celebrate Passaic Valley Regional High School’s 80 Years of Excellence.

The panel was moderated by Alexandra Paese, Passaic Valley Class of 2021, and consisted of Totowa Mayor, John Coiro, Passaic Valley Class of 1977, Little Falls Mayor James Damiano, Passaic Valley Class ...

Council Says No to Legal Weed in Piscataway, For Now

June 13, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ – With the ongoing debate over legalizing marijuana in New Jersey and what any guidelines would look like, on Thursday, the Piscataway Town Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the operation of any class of cannabis business within the township’s geographical boundaries.

The ban means medical and recreational cannabis establishments such as cultivators, ...

EBPD: Thieves Use Distractions to Rob Drivers

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department has notified the public that a crew of thieves is operating in the local area. They watch unsuspecting shoppers or individuals withdrawing money from ATMs, then covertly slash a tire on their vehicle. Once the vehicle is disabled, they pretend to offer assistance. While appearing to render aid, a member of their crew will enter the ...

Tyrone Stackhouse Projects Performs on Somerville's Summer Stage

June 5, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Tyrone Stackhouse Project, one of the busiest cover bands in central New Jersey, will take the stage Saturday night on the Division Street pedestrian mall for three hours beginning at 6 p.m. performing an eclectic mix of rock, funk, jazz, Motown, and R&B hits.

The free Summer Stage concert series sponsored by the Downtown Somerville Alliance presents live ...

Somerset County Real Estate Prices Soar 24% in April; Inventory Down

TRENTON, NJ — A dramatic decline in housing inventory contributed to a 20% increase in single-family home prices statewide compared to 2020, according to April data recently released by New Jersey Realtors. The rapid price increase follows predictions last month from real estate experts who told TAPinto the market is unlikely to slow down anytime soon. 

“The numbers ...

Tyrone Stackhouse Projects Performs on Somerville's Summer Stage

June 5, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Tyrone Stackhouse Project, one of the busiest cover bands in central New Jersey, will take the stage Saturday night on the Division Street pedestrian mall for three hours beginning at 6 p.m. performing an eclectic mix of rock, funk, jazz, Motown, and R&B hits.

The free Summer Stage concert series sponsored by the Downtown Somerville Alliance presents live ...

Somerset County Real Estate Prices Soar 24% in April; Inventory Down

TRENTON, NJ — A dramatic decline in housing inventory contributed to a 20% increase in single-family home prices statewide compared to 2020, according to April data recently released by New Jersey Realtors. The rapid price increase follows predictions last month from real estate experts who told TAPinto the market is unlikely to slow down anytime soon. 

“The numbers ...