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Milltown Public Library To Host Virtual Award Ceremony For Annual Photography Contest

August 11, 2020

MILLTOWN, NJ - And the winners of the 2020 Friends of the Milltown Public Library Photography Contest are....Participants will just have to tune in to the Thursday, August 20 virtual awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom to find out. This year's theme is the best photograph featuring anything in Milltown. Entrants were able to submit two photos and all ages were welcome to participate. First ...

As People Look to Fill Their Time During COVID, Audiobooks Boom, Says Author

NEW JERSEY -- When was the last time someone read you a story?

If it hasn't been since kindergarten, it might be time to rediscover this simple pleasure being enjoyed by people around the world in growing numbers. Having someone read to you is totally acceptable for adults... and its happening more and more frequently. 

"Audiobooks require only that you listen which, ...

New Jersey Hall Of Fame To Induct Class Of 2020

NEW JERSEY -- The New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHOF) has announced who the inductees are for the incoming Class of 2019-2020 – a "Who's Who" of some of the Garden State’s best and brightest. Among them are Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, two-time Super Bowl Champion Eli Manning, cartoonist Charles Addams ("The Addams Family"), actors John Amos and ...

Steve Kalafer To Be Inducted Into New Jersey Hall Of Fame

August 6, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Steve Kalafer, a successful businessman, philanthropist, founder and owner of the Somerset Patriots baseball team, a loving husband, proud father and grandfather who cares for the community as much as his family has been selected as an inductee with other prominent New Jerseyans in to the New Jersey Hall of Fame, Class of 2019-2020.

“This is a tremendous honor that ...

Supply Lists Availabe For Spotswood's Appleby, Schoenly And Memorial Schools

August 14, 2020

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - With much uncertainty in the air about how Spotswood School District students will begin the school year, supply lists are now available for the Schoenly, Appleby and Memorial Schools. Parents wishing to access the supply lists can do so online at each school's website. The links for each school are:

Schoenly
Appleby
Memorial

The Schoenly School has lists ...

Spotswood School District Offering Parents Option To Opt Out Should Classes Begin With Hybrid Model In September

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Should Spotswood School District Schools begin classes on September 2 using a hybrid model that includes virtual and in-person instruction, parents have the option to opt out and do complete remote learning. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy stated earlier this summer that parents not comfortable with the hybrid model could choose all virtual for their children.

The Spotswood ...

East Brunswick's Superintendent Valeski Speaks At Governor Murphy' Daily Briefing

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced Wednesday that districts across the state may begin a hybrid format of instruction that involves students returning to the school buildings for in-person instruction.  "We are fully committed to getting this right," said Murphy.

Dr. Victor Valeski, East Brunswick Superintendent of Schools, was one of two district ...

Murphy Pushes Vote-by-mail Election As President Declines To Help Postal Service

August 14, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – The November 3 general election will be held overwhelmingly via a vote-by-mail model as per an executive order forthcoming from Governor Phil Murphy, who says this is the safest way to ensure the voting process during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All registered New Jersey voters will receive prepaid return postage vote-by-mail ballots during the first week of October. The ballots ...

Spotswood Mayoral Candidate Jackie Palmer To Host Meet And Greet

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Borough mayoral candidate Jackie Palmer is hosting a Meet and Greet at Mundy Park on Wednesday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m. Spotswood voters will be deciding on a mayor and two borough council seats in the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 3. Current Spotswood Mayor Ed Seely is not seeking re-election in the fall. Palmer first ran for mayor in 2016 and finished second in the ...

Spotswood Recreation Department To Host Italian Ice Night

August 6, 2020

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Last month's Zeppole Night was a huge hit with residents. So, the Spotswood Recreation Department is dishing out some more summer treats on Tuesday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m. Residents can stop by Spotswood High School for Italian Ice while supplies last. Italian Ice Night is rain or shine. The Spotswood Recreation Department asks that residents stopping by for the summertime ...

Helmetta Mayor Chris Slavicek Dishing Ice Cream Treat To Help Keep Residents Cool During Power Outage

HELMETTA, NJ - Power trucks are in the borough, but there still isn't any word as to when all Helmetta residents will have their power back on. Helmetta Mayor Chris Slavicek is inviting residents to stop by the Maple Street Pavilion tonight to cool off with a sweet treat. Complimentary ice cream cups or cones will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. this evening. Helmetta residents stopping ...

Local Food Pantry Now Helps With Cooking Fresh Foods, Too

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – In this time of increased food insecurity, Middlesex County is proud to introduce the Share Your Foodways program: a way to create delicious, culturally distinct dishes from ingredients available at local food pantries. All the dishes featured in the program are easy to create and enjoy as a family and provide insight to the many communities that make ...

Spotswood Recreation Department's Robert Hilse Directing His First Spotswood 5K

August 8, 2020

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Taking over the helm of the Spotswood 5K from longtime Spotswood Recreation Department volunteer Paul Wasserman left Robert Hilse with mixed emotions. He was excited at the prospect, but sad that his friend was retiring from the Spotswood Recreation Department after many years of service.

"Volunteering to take over as race director is a little bittersweet for me," ...

Spotswood Chargers U12 Baseball Team Pays It Forward With Proceeds From Mask Sales

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The borough community rallied behind the Spotswood Chargers U12 and their bid to go to Cooperstown this summer to play in the Cooperstown Dreams Park Baseball Tournament. The tournament is a "Field of Dreams" tournament for 12-year-olds across the nation. This Chargers U12 team was the first one from Spotswood to represent the community in the once in a lifetime ...

Thousands Of New Jerseyans Refusing To Cooperate With Contact Tracers

August 14, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – About one in five New Jersey residents don’t take the call when contacted by one of the state’s COVID-19 contact tracers and about half of those who do answer refuse to cooperate. That was the disturbing news delivered by an obviously chafed Governor Phil Murphy at his COVID-19 briefing Friday.

Murphy and State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli have ...

Murphy Pushes Vote-by-mail Election As President Declines To Help Postal Service

TRENTON, NJ – The November 3 general election will be held overwhelmingly via a vote-by-mail model as per an executive order forthcoming from Governor Phil Murphy, who says this is the safest way to ensure the voting process during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All registered New Jersey voters will receive prepaid return postage vote-by-mail ballots during the first week of October. The ballots ...

Virtual Meeting Information For Upcoming Spotswood Borough Council Meeting

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood Borough Offices remain closed to the public. So, the Monday, August 17 meeting will be held virtually at 7:30 p.m. Residents can access the meeting through the following Zoom link using the meeting ID number 867 0409 7439 and the password spotswood. Spotswood Borough Council meetings have been virtual since the coronavirus pandemic hit the Garden State in ...

Thousands Of New Jerseyans Refusing To Cooperate With Contact Tracers

August 14, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – About one in five New Jersey residents don’t take the call when contacted by one of the state’s COVID-19 contact tracers and about half of those who do answer refuse to cooperate. That was the disturbing news delivered by an obviously chafed Governor Phil Murphy at his COVID-19 briefing Friday.

Murphy and State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli have ...

NJ Health Commissioner Signs Directive So Long-Term Care Facilities Can Reopen In Phases

NEW JERSEY - Despite almost 7,000 lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths across 679 long-term care facilities, New Jersey health officials and Governor Phil Murphy believe there’s a way some can soon open their doors to visitors safely. 

Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli signed a directive Monday for “phased in” re-openings at nursing homes across the Garden State, ...

Spotswood Office On Aging Take Phase One Of Reopening One Step At A Time

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood's Office on Aging closed its doors early on in the beginning stages of the coronavirus shutdown to protect its vulnerable senior population from the coronavirus. In June, the Office on Aging resumed its transportation for medical appointments only with safety protocols like mask wearing and bus sanitation in place. This was the beginning of Phase One in the reopening ...

No Monday Grass Collection

August 13, 2020

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - There will not be a grass collection on Monday for borough residents. According to a Nixle released by the Spotswood Police Department, the regularly scheduled Monday pickup of grass cuttings on August 17 is canceled. The Spotswood Department of Public Works said that residents may put their grass cuttings out during the regularly scheduled trash collection for this week.

Spotswood DPW To Continue Curbside Pickup Of Brush

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood Department of Public Works will continue its collection of downed limbs and branches for residents cleaning up from the damage left behind by Tropical Storm Isaias. Spotswood's DPW will be picking up downed tree limbs and branches Wednesday, August 12, Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14. The limbs or branches should be placed on the curb and not be larger ...

Milltown DPW Collections Delayed For Metal And Chippings

MILLTOWN, NJ - The Milltown Department of Public works announced via Nixle on Wednesday that scheduled collections for metal and chippings may take additional time this week. The delay is because of cleanup due to Tropical Storm Isaias. Tuesday's tropical storm caused downed trees and power lines throughout the borough.

A Tearful Plea From US District Judge Esther Salas After Her Son's Murder

August 3, 2020

NEWARK, NJ - US District Judge Esther Salas released a video message two weeks after her son was killed and husband was shot multiple times during an attack at their North Brusnwick home. While barely holding back tears, she described the days before her son was killed and the moment when she heard the gunshots. 

Her message is that federal judges need better protection. Their home ...

Old Stage Road Paving Project To Resume

August 12, 2020

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The paving project on Old Stage Road will resume on Thursday and Friday. It was supposed to be completed last week by the Middlesex County Department of Transportation, but Tropical Storm Isaias blew into the Garden State. The work will now be done on August 13 on the stretch of Old Stage Road between Summerhill Road and Cleveland Avenue. The section between Brunswick Avenue and ...

Fire Hydrant Replacement On Adirondack Avenue Tuesday Will Impact Water Service For Some Residents

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood Water Department will be replacing a fire hydrant on Adirondack Avenue between New York Avenue and Hudson Avenue on Tuesday, August 11. Work will begin around 8 a.m. tomorrow morning and will impact water service to residents living in the area according to a Nixle advisory from the Spotswood Police Department. Residents will be temporarily without water while the ...

Local Muslims Celebrate Eid al-Adha During Pandemic

August 4, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - On the July 31-August 2 weekend, Muslims all over Middlesex County gathered to celebrate Eid al-Adha. Normally, the holiday occurs at the height of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a lot less gathering than normal, and those who celebrated the holiday practiced social distancing measures.

July 31 saw East ...

St. Peter's Thrift Shop Opens Its Doors

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - St. Peter's popular Thrift Shop reopened its doors on Saturday after being forced to close in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The shop now offers shoppers an expanded inventory in the Parrish Hall of St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Shoppers can now browse in a room containing only children's clothing and toys along with a front room that is devoted to ...

Architect Submits $98K Design Proposal For New Ice Hockey Rink On Tices Lane

August 11, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ — The East Brunswick Town Council on Monday night introduced a resolution to hire DMR Architects  for the design of a new proposed indoor ice hockey rink at 110 Tices Lane as part of the township’s Route 18 redevelopment plan.

The agreement with the Hasbrouck Heights-based architect would be for Phase 1 programming and schematic design of the rink on the ...

Spotswood Recreation Department's Robert Hilse Directing His First Spotswood 5K

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Taking over the helm of the Spotswood 5K from longtime Spotswood Recreation Department volunteer Paul Wasserman left Robert Hilse with mixed emotions. He was excited at the prospect, but sad that his friend was retiring from the Spotswood Recreation Department after many years of service.

"Volunteering to take over as race director is a little bittersweet for me," ...

Rutgers Fall Football Schedule Released Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Rutgers football team is scheduled to begin its season on Sept. 5, 2020, by hosting Nebraska. However, if the Scarlet Knights are able to play that game might be another question.

According to the schedule released by the Big Ten Conference on Wednesday morning, Rutgers will then play at Ohio State and Maryland and then host Michigan and Penn State before its ...

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New Jersey Date Night: Make it a Breakfast Date, Al Fresco

August 11, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Some think it’s the most important meal of the day and others say it’s reserved for champions. When it comes to breakfast, it doesn’t take a titleholder to know it’s a tasty way to start your day, and your date! A little flirtation over a short stack and a little wink with a ...

K-9 Elk, Trained Service Dog, Comes To East Brunswick

August 11, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Elks have long been one of the many civic organizations that have extended support to both the local and greater community, especially with regard to American veterans in need of support following military service.

One cause sponsored by the Elks is Rebuilding Warriors, a non-profit organization providing service dogs to Veterans and First ...

Somerset County Prosecutor, Sheriff At Odds Over Bias Crime Unit

August 14, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and Somerset County Sheriff Darrin Russo are locked in a dispute over a bias crime/race unit and website created by the sheriff - separate and apart from an already established unit in the prosecutor's office - a development that has resulted in duplicity and will create confusion for the public, according to ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Darlene Cullen of TAPinto South Plainfield

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of August 2020 is Darlene Cullen, who owns and operates TAPinto South Plainfield.  With a background in business development, Cullen has built a profitable online local news business while providing high-quality, objective local news for the residents of South Plainfield.   

Q. Why did you want to franchise a ...

Middlesex County CARES ACT Small Business Relief Grant Program (MC-SBRG) To Aid Local Businesses Impacted By COVID-19

August 14, 2020

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ -  To assist local small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, Middlesex County is implementing a new round of funding in its CARES Act Small Business Relief Grant (MC-SBRG) program which utilizes federal CARES Act funding. These grants will serve to reimburse costs and loss of revenue associated with adopting business operations in a post-COVID-19 ...

Shakespeare Theatre Scores with 'Crazy Love'

Florham Park, NJ - It’s such a treat to see a live performance in these difficult times. But leave iit to Shakespeare Theatre’s fearless director, Bonnie Monte, to deliver a delightful and provocative evening of Moliere and Edna St. Vincent Millay.

The setting is the outside lawn at the Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory in Florham Park. Located on Vreeland Road, the landscape of ...

NJ Comedian John Poveromo Stars in Duppet, a Short Film About Depression

August 13, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, recently spoke with Comedian and Writer John Poveromo, about his latest project, a short film he co-wrote and stars in called Duppet. 

Poveromo and Brodeur spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which has been reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due to the ...