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Swing Into Spring With Story Time At The Spotswood Public Library

March 24, 2017

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spring has officially arrived even if the weather says differently. However, residents can swing into spring with a good book and some fun crafts at the Spring Story Time Session at the Spotswood Public Library. Parents and guardians can pick from four different programs that are aimed at ages from babies and toddlers all the way up to tweens. Registration can be done online and ...

Lace Up The Skates For The Spotswood PTA's Spring Break Skate Party

SOUTH AMBOY, NJ - If plans are still up in the air for the upcoming April spring break, parents may want to plan on rolling over to the South Amboy Arena for the Spotswood PTA's Skate Party on Wednesday, April 12 from 10 a.m. until noon. Admission is $6 per skater and includes skate rental, hot dog or pizza and a soda. Roller blades are available for an additional $4. Kids are also welcome to ...

Milltown Recreation Department to Host Bus Trip to American Girl Place

MILLTOWN, NJ - American Girl Place is a popular Manhattan destination. It's definitely not your everyday doll store. This upscale shop is a complete experience, including a salon geared specifically for dolls to get their hair done. Shoppers can find everything for their American Girl doll from clothes to shoes and beyond. Visitors and their dolls can even enjoy a meal or tea with their ...

East Brunswick Redevelopment: Burlington Opens on Route 18 South

March 17, 2017

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -   You asked for it, and you got it, East Brunswick.  New businesses are opening on Route 18 and are already becoming active members of the community.  Last week, before Stella the Storm had us all shut in our houses, Mayor Brad Cohen and members of the East Brunswick Town Council celebrated the opening of a new Burlington retail store on Route 18.

Burlington ...

TAPinto CEO Shapiro goes “One on One” with Steve Adubato

TAPinto.net CEO and Publisher Michael Shapiro appeared on “One on One” with Steve Adubato Thursday night and answered questions about the role of hyperlocal online news media.

The interview was broadcast on WNYY, NJTV and WNET. Adubato closed by saying that “Michael Shapiro, he is on the cutting edge of media.“

Shapiro answered a wide-range of questions about ...

Lace Up The Skates For The Spotswood PTA's Spring Break Skate Party

March 24, 2017

SOUTH AMBOY, NJ - If plans are still up in the air for the upcoming April spring break, parents may want to plan on rolling over to the South Amboy Arena for the Spotswood PTA's Skate Party on Wednesday, April 12 from 10 a.m. until noon. Admission is $6 per skater and includes skate rental, hot dog or pizza and a soda. Roller blades are available for an additional $4. Kids are also welcome to ...

Spotswood Board Of Education Approves Interim Superintendent

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - At the Spotswood Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, March 21, the Spotswood Board of Education named Dr. Anthony Vaz as the Interim Superintendent of Schools. Vaz will replace Dr. Scott Rocco on May 8. Rocco recently resigned his position as the Superintendent of Schools in the Spotswood School District at the February 7 meeting of the Spotswood Board of Education to become ...

Appleby Drama Club To Hold Car Wash Fundraiser

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Mother Nature has done a job on automobiles throughout the state. Let the Appleby Drama Club get them sparkly clean in honor of spring for $5 on Saturday, March 25. The fifth graders and their parents will be holding a Car Wash Fundraiser from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Spotswood High School. All of the proceeds from the car-cleansing event will go toward the drama club's annual ...

Save The Date For The First Scoop Of The Season At Milltown Ice Cream Depot

March 26, 2017

MILLTOWN, NJ - As the childhood rhyme says, everyone screams for ice cream. And why not? It's creamy, delicious and always a sure sign that spring really is here and summer can't be far behind, especially  when the Milltown Ice Cream Depot opens its doors. So, mark the calendars for Saturday, April 1. No, it's not a joke. The Milltown Ice Cream Depot will begin serving ice cream ...

Spotswood DECA to Host Chipotle Fundraiser

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Enjoy a late lunch or an early dinner at the East Brunswick Chipotle on Monday, March 27 from 2 to 6 p.m. and help the Spotswood DECA chapter get to Nationals in Anaheim, Calif.

DECA is a co-curricular program that prepares students for college as well as professional careers by combining classroom instruction with real-life interactions that involve the community and area ...

Appleby Drama Club To Host Pancake Fundraiser

MANALAPAN, NJ - What makes a Saturday morning wonderful besides sleeping in? A pancake breakfast. It's even better when someone else does the cooking. The Appleby Drama Club is hosting a Flapjack Fundraiser at the Applebee's in Manalapan on Saturday, April 8 from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. Tickets are $12 and include pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and a beverage. Beverage choices are coffee, ...

East Brunswick Town-Wide Butterfly Survey Begins

March 24, 2017

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission are launching the first town-wide East Brunswick Butterfly Survey to better understand our butterfly fauna. They  are calling on everyone in town (and anyone else that wants to visit) to become Citizen Scientists and help them document what butterflies occur in East Brunswick and where and when ...

Middlesex County Protects Habitat with Acquisition of 76 Acres in East Brunswick

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Adding to the commercial renewal of Route 18 is not the only way that East Brunswick will get an upgrade. Supporting the maintenance of a thriving local natural environment also adds to the township's move forward to creating a sustainable community.  

This week, a longstanding effort to preserve amphibian habitats and vernal pools along the East ...

Spotswood DECA to Host Chipotle Fundraiser

March 24, 2017

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Enjoy a late lunch or an early dinner at the East Brunswick Chipotle on Monday, March 27 from 2 to 6 p.m. and help the Spotswood DECA chapter get to Nationals in Anaheim, Calif.

DECA is a co-curricular program that prepares students for college as well as professional careers by combining classroom instruction with real-life interactions that involve the community and area ...

Helmetta's Trent Powers, Age 2, Becomes Spotswood Police Department's Newest Officer

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Helmetta's Trent Powers became the youngest member of the Spotswood Police Department on Monday. The 2-year-old received an official badge number and everything. He proudly wears badge number 50 on his own Spotswood Police Department uniform as he drives around in his own car. Of course, it's a big wheel Police Tahoe, but Powers is ready to roll any time the SPD needs ...

Appleby Drama Club To Host Pancake Fundraiser

MANALAPAN, NJ - What makes a Saturday morning wonderful besides sleeping in? A pancake breakfast. It's even better when someone else does the cooking. The Appleby Drama Club is hosting a Flapjack Fundraiser at the Applebee's in Manalapan on Saturday, April 8 from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. Tickets are $12 and include pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and a beverage. Beverage choices are coffee, ...

Funeral Services Announced For South Brunswick Mayor Frank Gambatese

March 27, 2017

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Township officials have announced the funeral arrangements for Mayor Frank Gambatese who passed away Saturday morning.

According to an alert put out Sunday evening by officials, a viewing is scheduled from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday and the funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday with both taking place at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church located at 10 Kingston Lane in ...

New Brunswick Has Yet to Settle $355,000 Fine for Water Issues

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The city hasn’t paid a $355,000 penalty it received several years ago for violations by the water utility—and conversations with the state regarding an alternative remedy have slowed, according to officials.

From 2010 through spring 2013, a former operator for the New Brunswick Water Utility “repeatedly” submitted inaccurate quality reports and ...

Stay Safe With Snow Shoveling Tips

March 14, 2017

HELMETTA, MILLTOWN, SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Mother Nature is fickle as always and Stella may not be dumping as much snow as many forecasters anticipated. However, regardless of the level of inches, there will still be shoveling to do when the storm ends. Most towns have ordinances that require snow to be removed within 24 hours.

In Spotswood, the ordinance states that snow must be shoveled from the ...

East Brunswick Town-Wide Butterfly Survey Begins

March 24, 2017

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission are launching the first town-wide East Brunswick Butterfly Survey to better understand our butterfly fauna. They  are calling on everyone in town (and anyone else that wants to visit) to become Citizen Scientists and help them document what butterflies occur in East Brunswick and where and when ...

Middlesex Ethics Board Dismisses Complaint Filed Against Its Attorney

March 15, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Middlesex County’s ethics board has thrown out a complaint that claimed the panel’s attorney violated state law by not filing a financial disclosure statement.

The board made the decision this afternoon during a special meeting in the county freeholders’ meeting room on Bayard Street in New Brunswick. In doing so, it cleared its attorney, Anthony ...

EBPD Need Help Finding a Hit-and-Run Driver on Old Bridge Turnpike

March 24, 2017

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a motor vehicle that struck a pedestrian and fled the scene.  On March 16, 2017 at approximately 9:54pm, the East Brunswick Police responded to a hit and run accident on Old Bridge Turnpike near Gunia Street where a pedestrian was struck while jogging. The vehicle, described only ...

Milltown Rescue Squad to Host Annual Open House

MILLTOWN, NJ - The Milltown Rescue Squad, which has been serving the community for 80 years and counting, will hold its annual Open House on Saturday, April 29 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The family-friendly event will include equipment demonstrations as well as facility and ambulance tours. Visitors can also learn CPR in addition to other vital first aid techniques. Displays will be on hand, ...

Milltown Police Department Promotes Four Officers

MILLTOWN, NJ - The March 20 Milltown Borough Council meeting began with smiles and handshakes as the Milltown Police Department promoted four of their officers in a special ceremony. The festivities led off the council's agenda as Brian Knelle, William Fama, Luis F. Maldonado and James Mioduszewski were sworn in. With family members standing alongside, Knelle was promoted to Chief of Police ...

Spotswood High School Boys Varsity Tennis Team Ready to Hit the Court

March 27, 2017

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Stubborn snow and cold temperatures have made getting court time difficult for the Spotswood High School boys varsity tennis team.

The young team along with head coach Daniel Krainski even had to help Mother Nature's melting process along by pitching in with a bit of shoveling. However, despite the delay, the team continues to prepare for the upcoming season, which is set ...

Ryan Szatkowski And Jack Keenan To Represent Spotswood High School In Snapple Bowl 2017

UNION, NJ - The 24th annual Snapple Bowl will kickoff on Thursday, July 20 at Kean University. The charity bowl game features high school all-star football players and cheerleaders from Middlesex and Union Counties. The participants are typically graduating seniors and are all chosen by their peers. All the proceeds from the game go to benefit the Lakeview Children's School for Developmental ...

Mother Nature Making Life Difficult For The Spotswood High School Varsity Baseball Team

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Mother Nature is throwing spring sports teams a curveball this March as high school athletes prepare for the upcoming spring season. The Spotswood High School varsity baseball team has been making use of the parking lot and the gym as a soggy, snow-covered field and cold temperatures continue to wreak havoc with practices and scrimmages.

“The extremely poor weather may be ...

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South Brunswick: Township Reeling From Mayor Frank Gambatese’s Passing

March 26, 2017

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Colleagues, friends and political rivals expressed shock, sympathy and respect following the death of Mayor Frank Gambatese early Saturday.

“Mayor Gambatese will be remembered as a tireless advocate for the Township. In the 20 years since he was elected to office, he worked diligently to improve the quality of life for the residents of South Brunswick ...

“Go Teal” With Middlesex County to Raise Awareness of Sexual Violence

March 27, 2017

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - This April, members of the Middlesex County community and partners of the Middlesex County Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition will show their support for survivors of sexual violence and raise awareness about the importance of prevention by “going teal.”

Sexual violence impacts people from all walks of life: Statistics reveal that 1 in 4 females and 1 in 6 ...

Murder on the Orient Express

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ streams along in sizzling suspense

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, NJ – Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, “Murder on the Orient Express,” has received a terrific stage adaptation by Ken Ludwig. He’s taken a few liberties with the numerous characters, but has tightened the story line so that it all works seamlessly.

Ludwig ...