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Somerville Mayor Brian Gallagher Makes Theatrical Debut in Sunday’s Boar’s Head Festival

January 8, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The audience at Sunday afternoon’s Boar’s Head Festival hosted by the United Reformed Church will recognize several cast members, including Mayor Brian Gallagher, who makes his theatrical debut in the Elizabethan-era production.

Garbed in a period costume, the mayor promises to complete the outfit with black tights, but only if he gets 100 “Likes” ...

Somerville: Balladeer Performs Historic Christmas Music at Wallace House

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Balladeer Linda Russell will perform historic holiday music at the Old Dutch Parsonage historic site Jan. 6 beginning at 7:30 p.m..  

For most American colonists, Christmas Day was not a major holiday. But over the course of the following twelve days, leading up to Twelfth Night on January 6th, there were great feasts, church services, dances, games and other ...

Forbes Magazine Names Somerville Resident and Founder of Bio-Tech Company as  One of the Brightest in the World of Science

January 6, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A 27-year-old borough resident working on his Ph.D at Rutgers University and co-owner of a cutting-edge biotech company in North Brunswick has been selected by Forbes Magazine as one of the brightest innovators in the world of science under the age of 30.

Michael Johnson is one of 600 people in 20 fields, from the arts, media, technology and other disciplines selected for the ...

East Brunswick: K-Mart Closing on Route 18

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Despite recent growth and a surge in location occupation, more lights are going out on Route 18 South.

According to a corporate report obtained by Business Insider, the East Brunswick K-Mart is one of many that will close across the country in 2017.  4 stores are closing in New Jersey alone.

K-Mart is owned by Sears, which will not close its New Brunswick ...

Immaculate Conception School To Celebrate Upcoming Catholic Schools Week

January 16, 2017

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Immaculate Conception School will kick of Catholic Schools Week with an Open House on Sunday, January 29 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The festivities will feature a plethora of events that will highlight the four cornerstones of the school's learning environment. Their fundamental foundation includes academics/technology, community/faith, a safe learning atmosphere and ...

Kindergarten Registration Upcoming

HELMETTA/SPOTSWOOD/MILLTOWN, NJ - The time of year has arrived to register children for the start of kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year. In Spotswood and Helmetta, children must be five years of age on or before October 1, 2017 to enter school in the Spotswood School District. However in Milltown, a child must be five years of age on or before October 31, 2017 to start kindergarten in ...

Spotswood DECA Raises Money For New Eyes For The Needy

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Imagine needing glasses and not being able to afford a pair or to replace a broken frame. For many New Jersey residents young and old a pair of glasses is actually a necessity they cannot afford. That's where New Eyes For The Needy comes in. This Garden State based charity was founded in 1932 by Julia Lawrence Terry. The Short Hills native was a Red Cross volunteer during the ...

East Brunswick's Hallie Baum to Attend Presidential Inauguration to Represent Middlesex County's 4-H

January 14, 2017

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County 4-H Member Hallie Baum, of East Brunswick, has been selected to attend the 2017 Presidential Inauguration Citizenship Washington Focus Conference. 

This event will be held January 17-21 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.  Nearly 500 youth and adult participants representing 25 states will be in ...

Ciattarelli Announces Successful Throat Cancer Surgery, Scales Back Gubernatorial Campaign Temporarily

TRENTON, NJ - State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, R-16th, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor, announced yesterday that he had undergone successful surgery for throat cancer in November, and will be curtailing his campaign schedule temporarily.

Gearing up for a primary campaign against several other Republicans who want to run for New Jersey, Ciattarelli, a Hillsborough ...

Panera Fundraiser To Benefit Charger Track And Field Teams

January 12, 2017

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Finish Line Club is sponsoring an upcoming fundraiser at the Panera Bread in East Brunswick on Thursday, January 19 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. To participate, diners must present the flier pictured above either in hard copy form or via a smartphone. A portion of the receipt will go towards the Spotswood High school track and field and cross country teams.

The Panera ...

Spotswood PTA To Host Valentine's Drop And Go

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - For parents wanting an early Valentine's Day dinner sans the kids, the Spotswood PTA is hosting a Valentine's Day Drop and Go Glow Party from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10 at the Memorial Middle School. The event is for Appleby and Schoenly students, ages 5 through 11. Participants will enjoy pizza, drinks and dessert. DJ Wacky Wayne will provide entertainment.

Somerville: N. Bryan Mack, “Chef Behind the Bar” at Verve Bistro, Dies at 46

SOMERVILLE, NJ – N. Bryan Mack, legendary mixologist and “chef behind the bar” at Verve Restaurant, Bar& Bistro, has died at the age of 46.

Mack was the consummate front man,  a dapper dresser, beginning his career at Verve in 2002 with starched shirts, cuff links and silk ties, but lately given over to a themed artistic punk look - modified bearskin hat adorned with ...

Final Day Approaching For Spotswood Tree Pickup

January 11, 2017

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - No, it isn't Christmas again. Sorry Elmo. However, if there are any residents who haven't yet taken down their holiday trees, the final day is approaching for Christmas tree pickup in Spotswood. According to the Spotswood Borough website, Friday, Jan. 13 will be the last day for tree pickup. Trees will be recycled into mulch.

All plastic bags, lights, ornaments, tinsel, ...

Spotswood PTA Life Membership Committee Seeking Nominees

January 13, 2017

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood PTA Life Membership Committee is seeking deserving nominees for the Spotswood PTA Life Membership Award. This honorary award is bestowed on a select group of individuals who have shown a dedication to youngsters in the community through their service. Possible nominees may come from deserving educators, administrators, volunteers or residents of the neighborhood who ...

Panera Fundraiser To Benefit Charger Track And Field Teams

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Finish Line Club is sponsoring an upcoming fundraiser at the Panera Bread in East Brunswick on Thursday, January 19 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. To participate, diners must present the flier pictured above either in hard copy form or via a smartphone. A portion of the receipt will go towards the Spotswood High school track and field and cross country teams.

The Panera ...

Night With The NJ Devils Fundraiser To Help Local Teen Battling Rare Disease

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - For 13-year-old Rayne Weiner, lacing up skates and giving ice hockey a try would be a dream. The teen suffers from Behcets-Vasculitis, which is a rare and debilitating disease. There isn't a known cure for Behcets-Vaculitis and treatment involves controlling the symptoms, which include painful oral and genital ulcers as well as other skin lesions. Behcet's can also cause ...

East Brunswick's Hallie Baum to Attend Presidential Inauguration to Represent Middlesex County's 4-H

January 14, 2017

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County 4-H Member Hallie Baum, of East Brunswick, has been selected to attend the 2017 Presidential Inauguration Citizenship Washington Focus Conference. 

This event will be held January 17-21 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.  Nearly 500 youth and adult participants representing 25 states will be in ...

North Brunswick: U.S. Sen. Cory Booker Bans Press From Mosque Town Hall Q&A

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – While U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, didn’t have a problem with members of the press covering his opening remarks during a town hall meeting at the New Brunswick Islamic Center on Livingston Avenue Friday night, he closed the questions and answers session of the meeting to the press.

Around 150 members of the Muslim community, and a few local Democratic ...

Mark The Calendar For Free Dental Services Day For Kids

January 9, 2017

MILLTOWN/SPOTSWOOD, NJ - February is dental health month. The annual month-long health campaign was organized by the American Dental Association to raise awareness about the importance of dental hygiene. However, many residents typically do not visit the dentist regularly or when they have a problem due to the high cost of treatment. In 2012, statistics released by the National Association of ...

Hillsborough Apartment Fire at Kimberwyck Village Forces Evacuation of 10 Units

January 3, 2017

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ  - A fire in the basement laundry area of an apartment building in Kimberwyck Village Tuesday, Jan. 2 damaged several apartments and forced the evacuation of the 10-unit building at 9 Bloomingdale Ave.

The fire was first reported at 8:47 p.m.

Smoke was coming out of the basement and the windows of several apartments when firefighters arrived, according to ...

Immaculate Conception School To Celebrate Upcoming Catholic Schools Week

January 16, 2017

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Immaculate Conception School will kick of Catholic Schools Week with an Open House on Sunday, January 29 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The festivities will feature a plethora of events that will highlight the four cornerstones of the school's learning environment. Their fundamental foundation includes academics/technology, community/faith, a safe learning atmosphere and ...

Spotswood Soccer Club's Spring Registration Is Open

January 16, 2017

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood Soccer Club is inviting players to hit the field and get their game on for the spring season. Registration is open on the club's website for players in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Late registrations will not be accepted. Registration will run now through March 18.

The spring soccer season will be played on Saturdays from April 1 through June ...

Spotswood Drops Second In A Row To Johnson

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School boys varsity basketball team dropped their second straight game on January 14, losing to Arthur L. Johnson High School, 68-52. George Visconti was the difference maker in the matchup, netting a game-high 25 points for the Crusaders. Andrew Fuzesi was the top point scorer for the Chargers, scoring 14. Junior Vinnie Guardiola grabbed 10 rebounds and chipped ...

Mary Beth Barnosky Leads Spotswood To Third Straight Win On The Court

CARTERET, NJ - The Spotswood High School girls varsity  basketball put together their third straight win against Carteret High School on January 13 with a 50-31 victory. Senior Mary Beth Barnosky netted 14 points to help lead the Chargers' offense. Julie Raba and Savannah Robinson both scored seven in the win while Maddie Hellerich chipped in six. Alonna Williams put 14 points on the ...

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South Brunswick: U.S. Rep. Watson Coleman Will Not Attend Trump Inauguration

January 15, 2017

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-12, will not be at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration next Friday, she announced Saturday night.

“I am very concerned with this administration coming in,” Watson Coleman said to around 150 people during a “United Communities” town hall meeting at the Islamic Society of Central Jersey on Route ...

NJ Lawmaker Stands Up for Painted Blue Line Police Tributes on Roadways

January 11, 2017

TRENTON, NJ – Assemblyman Erik Peterson, R-23rd introduced a resolution in the State Assembly Tuesday objecting to a recent Federal Highway Administration ruling that would require towns to paint over the honorary blue lines in front of police departments, municipal buildings, and down main streets intended to support local law enforcement. 

“It seems that, yet ...

Freeholder Director Rios: Public Safety Assessment Improves Defendant Processing

January 7, 2017

On Jan. 1, 2017 Criminal Justice Reform legislation went into effect in the State of New Jersey. This reform was established to change the procedure of setting bail as a condition of release. 

One feature of the Criminal Justice Reform, known as the Public Safety Assessment (PSA), is a risk assessment system that helps determine a defendant’s risk level including how likely it ...

TAPinto Launches Free TAPinto App for iPhone and Android: Download it Today

January 16, 2017

TAPinto.net launched a free TAPinto App today for iPhone and Android, enabling readers to obtain their local news and events in a fast, easy-to-use application.  With this launch, TAPinto becomes one of the only local news publications in the country to have its own App.

The TAPinto App not only features news and events, but also enables readers to receive push notifications regarding ...