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Spotswood High School Winter Concert Takes Away The December Chill

December 15, 2017

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - With snow on the ground and a stinging December chill in the air, the Spotswood High School held their annual Winter Concert on December 14. A large audience bundled up and came out for the concert that featured all the warmth needed to shake off the bitter cold.

Under the direction of Spotswood High School Choral Director Annie Raczko-Williams, the chorus opened the show with ...

Spotswood Police Department Grinch Gang Roundup Postponed

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Thanks to Mother Nature's potential inclement weather later today, the Grinch and his gang will have to spend a little more time in lockup. The Spotswood Police Department has postponed the Grinch Gang Roundup that was scheduled for Friday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Instead, the Grinch and his gang will be making their way around the borough on Thursday, December 21 with ...

Spotswood Police Department Completes Raid That Saves Christmas

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood Police Department pulled off a major raid at Spotswood High School this week that saved Christmas once again for borough residents. Acting on intelligence reports, a team of SWAT Elves led by the department's youngest officer, Trent Powers conducted the raid in the school's boiler room, apprehending four of the biggest Christmas haters around.

The Grinch, ...

Spotswood High School Winter Concert Takes Away The December Chill

December 15, 2017

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - With snow on the ground and a stinging December chill in the air, the Spotswood High School held their annual Winter Concert on December 14. A large audience bundled up and came out for the concert that featured all the warmth needed to shake off the bitter cold.

Under the direction of Spotswood High School Choral Director Annie Raczko-Williams, the chorus opened the show with ...

Spotswood's Memorial Middle School Winter Concert Spreads Holiday Cheer

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The sounds of the season were in the air at the Spotswood High School Cafetorium on December 13 as the Memorial Middle School held its annual Winter Concert and Art Show. Under the direction of Memorial Middle School band and choral director, Christina Restine, the Memorial Chorus opened the performance with Ruth Morris Gray's "Shepherds Come Quick' before launching ...

Save The Date For Spotswood High School's Designer Bag Bingo

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Bingo and bag lovers get ready to start off 2018 with the fabulously fun and fashionable Designer Bag Bingo on Friday, February 2 at Spotswood High School. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the calling begins at 6:30 p.m.

Designer bags up for grabs include Kate Spade, Coach and Michael Kors. The exciting evening will also include a mini tricky tray, 50/50 and a grand prize basket ...

Mama Mare Foundation Delivers A Special Holiday Gift To Spotswood Breast Cancer Survivor

December 17, 2017

SPOTSWOOD, NJ – Santa Claus came early for a borough family, delivering a very special surprise to Alison, Benjamin, Colin and Dylan Shornock on December 16. The family will be heading to Disney World for an all-expense paid vacation courtesy of the Mama Mare Foundation and the Jilly Bean Dream Trip Award Program.

A contingent of elves comprised of family, friends and people touched by ...

Local Blood Drives On Tap To Ease Shortage

December 8, 2017

MILLTOWN/SPOTSWOOD, NJ - It is the season for giving and the New Jersey Blood Services, which is a division of the New York Blood Center, is in need of blood. The service is in need of all blood type donations. However, there is currently a shortage of O negative blood.

Two drives are upcoming in both Spotswood and Milltown. The first is at the Spotswood VFW on Thursday, December 21 from 1 ...

Spotswood Police Department Grinch Gang Roundup Postponed

December 15, 2017

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Thanks to Mother Nature's potential inclement weather later today, the Grinch and his gang will have to spend a little more time in lockup. The Spotswood Police Department has postponed the Grinch Gang Roundup that was scheduled for Friday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Instead, the Grinch and his gang will be making their way around the borough on Thursday, December 21 with ...

Spotswood Police Department Completes Raid That Saves Christmas

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood Police Department pulled off a major raid at Spotswood High School this week that saved Christmas once again for borough residents. Acting on intelligence reports, a team of SWAT Elves led by the department's youngest officer, Trent Powers conducted the raid in the school's boiler room, apprehending four of the biggest Christmas haters around.

The Grinch, ...

Snow Reminders For Area Residents

HELMETTA/MILLTOWN/SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Yes, it's snowing even though the temperature was 60 degrees just last week. Snow reminders are listed below for Helmetta, Milltown and Spotswood residents.

Helmetta:

Residents should keep the snow emergency streets clear of vehicles. The following streets are listed as snow emergency streets on the Helmetta Borough website:

Avenue A
Avenue ...

Spotswood High School Boys Basketball Earns First Victory Of The Season

December 17, 2017

PISCATAWAY, NJ - After dropping their home opener on Friday night, the Spotswood High School boys varsity basketball team bounced back to defeat Timothy Christian High School 70-58 on Saturday, December 16 for their first win of the season.

Varsity newcomer Dylan Seel netted 24 to lead the Chargers while junior Matt Vento added 16. Abdullah Nieskens and Vinnie Guardiola both scored 10 while ...

Spotswood High School Boys Basketball Drops Home Opener To Carteret

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School boys varsity basketball team dropped their home opener to Carteret High School 71-61 on Friday, December 15. Isiah Daniels-Porter was the top point-getter, scoring 29 points for the Ramblers.

The Chargers rolled off 14 straight points to start the game before Carteret found a grove to catch up on the scoreboard. The two teams went into the halftime ...

Spotswood High School Girls Basketball Team Wins Season Opener Over Carteret

CARTERET, NJ - The Spotswood High School girls varsity basketball team opened their season up with a road win against Carteret High School on Friday, December 15 with a 62-37 victory. The Chargers took a commanding 32-11 halftime lead into the second half to nail down their first win of the 2017-18 season.

Maddie Hellerich netted 13 points while Courtney Potter and Jessica Addesso both scored ...

News Briefs From the Backstretch

December 17, 2017

Batavia Downs Honors Top Horses

BATAVIA, N.Y. — The Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association announced their Horses of the Meet for 2017 at Batavia Downs.

Pacer of the Meet is Focus Power. After being claimed at Yonkers just prior to the start of the Batavia meet, Focus Power made an immediate impact to the good fortunes of owner James Caradori and ...

Local Riders Win At Mid-Atlantic Equestrian Festival

 

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — The Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival’s sixth year of competition was held Nov. 17 to 19 at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md.

Several local riders came home with not only ribbons, but scholarships as well.

This year’s show began with 147 horses and riders in the opening rounds of competition. The day concluded with MAEF’s ...

Nat'l Steeplechase Association To Hold Awards Dinner on Jan. 18

National Steeplechase Association Racing Operations Coordinator Courtney Reid is taking entries for the NSA's annual Steeplechase Awards dinner and dance that is scheduled for Jan. 18 at the Maryland Club in Baltimore.

Post time for cocktails is 6:30 p.m. Dinner is scheduled for 7:30 at the club which is located at 1 East Eager Street.

The ...

Pennsylvania Rider Wins 2017 NAWD TRAX National Championships

Riders across the nation ponied up to ride in North American Western Dressage’s 2017 TRAX Championship, vying for high-point, versatility, and costume contest awards in seven categories, artisan ribbons designed by Michelle Guillot and more than $750 in prizes.

Julie Lamberton, of Waymart, Pa. took home several of those awards.

She and her horse, Seabreeze Savaje Vaquero, a ...

"Yankee Joe" Lee named USHWA Amateur Driver of the Year

It was unanimous. The USHWA National Amateur Driver of the Year Award Committee has named “Yankee Joe” Lee the National Amateur Driver of the Year for 2017. The ever-improving 38-year-old Bronxville, N.Y. native is enjoying his best season in the sulky while being a member of multiple amateur organizations.

When contacted, Lee was at Yankee Stadium where he is the New York ...

SRF's 12 Days of Giving Campaign Underway

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's 12 Days of Giving campaign is a great way to help a horse in need during the holidays. Whether giving a gift to a horse in need, or a gift to someone who loves horses and would be delighted to receive this caring gesture as their holiday gift, SRF needs your help. Here is SRF's holiday wish list for the 12 Days of ...

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Wreaths Across America: EBPD and Churchill Students Join J. B. Hunt in Honoring Vets

December 15, 2017

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick residents seldom see a crowd on Edgeboro Road, but they did today when the employees of J. B Hunt, the students of Churchill Junior High School, New Jersey State Troopers, and the East Brunswick Police Department showed up there today.  Wreaths Across America had come to East Brunswick, and our township wholeheartedly participated in ...

Somerville Fifth-Graders Attend Metropolitan Opera Performance of “Hansel & Gretel”

December 17, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The buses left Van Derveer School early Friday morning, with 70 fifth-grade students, teachers and chaperones taking the high road on a highly-anticipated field trip.

Destination: A performance of “Hansel & Gretel” by the Metropolitan Opera Company at Lincoln Center in New York City.

They had been preparing weeks ahead of time in class for their encounter ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Westfield's Jackie Lieberman

This week's feature will focus on TAPintoWestfield franchisee, Jackie Lieberman. Find out what makes TAPintoWestfield.net different than the competition, what she did before coming onto TAPinto.net and how an inexperienced sales person became one of TAPinto's most successful franchisee's. 

 

When did you join TAPinto.net?:

I started as a freelance reporter in 2011 ...

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ESCNJ Prepares Students For Independent Living

December 15, 2017

PISCATAWAY--While discussing Community-based Instruction (CBI) on the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey’s (ESCNJ) Better Together podcast, first year South River Public Schools Superintendent Sylvia Zircher remarked on the organizations value in “teaching you how to fish,” when it comes to operating educational programs.

 Ms. Zircher, a first year ESCNJ Board ...

Rare Pygmy Hippo Born At Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

December 14, 2017

TAMPA, FL, - An endangered pygmy hippopotamus was born in the early morning on Dec. 1, 2017 atTampa's Lowry Park Zoo to experienced mother Zsa Zsa. The gender and name of the nine pound baby will be revealed in the future.

Pygmy hippos are smaller than their Nile hippo relative. Unlike the more common river hippo which live in large pods in rivers throughout much of ...

Victoria and Albert: A Royal Love Affair by Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan

Victoria and Albert: A Royal Love Affair by Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan (St. Martin's Press, 2017)

Several months ago I reviewed the magnificent compendium Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin Manuel Miranda. This charming edition is a must for anyone who is planning to see the Hamilton in order to become familiarized with the libretto and prepare him/herself for an extra-ordinary ...

'It's a Wonderful Life'from film to stage to radio

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ shows surprising appeal as radio/stage production

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has selected a nostalgic and heartwarming version of the classic Frank Capra movie from the 1140’s to entertain holiday audiences. “It’s a Wonderful Life” has somehow become a classic Christmas ...