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Five Things To Do In New Brunswick This Weekend

October 15, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — There's food, football and dance on tap this weekend in the Hub City.

Visit the farmers market or the Hungarian food market, pull up a chair and watch Rutgers or enjoy the dance program coming to the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center:

Mason Gross Dance Presents Kyle Marshall Choreography, Friday (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday (2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.)

Mason ...

Milltown's Pupular Haunted River Walk Is Back

MILLTOWN, NJ - Halloween is in the air and after a one-year pandemic-induced hiatus, Milltown's popular Haunted River Walk returns with a scare. Deadly Decades, featuring Joyce Kilmer's Class of 2022, takes over the Mill Pond Park's walking path to give Halloween lovers an early shiver. The walk takes place on Thursday, October 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, October 22 from 7 p.m.

Milltown Friends Of The Milltown Public Library Celebrate 2021 Photography Contest Winners

MILLTOWN, NJ - On September 30, the winners of the 2021 Milltown Photography Contest were announced during a special zoom ceremony. This annual event is sponsored by the Friends of the Milltown Public Library. All the winning photographs are featured in this year's calendar. The theme for this year's contest was the hidden treasures of Milltown. Professional photographers Andrew Darlow, ...

Latino-Owned Businesses Revenues Outpaced Non-Latino-Owned Firms In 2020-21

October 15, 2021

NATIONAL/NEW JERSEY – Average annual revenue for Latino-owned businesses ($258,251) in 2020-21 was $82,535 lower than their revenues the previous year ($340,787), a 24.2% decline, according to the annual Biz2Credit Latino-Owned Business Study. The analysis also found that average annual revenue for Latino-owned businesses was $45,435 greater than for non-Latino-owned companies ...

Five Tips To Prevent Internet Theft And Other Cybercrimes During Cybersecurity Awareness Month

NEW JERSEY – Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October 2021 #BeCyberSmart) raises awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across America, ensuring that everyone has the resources needed to be safer and more secure online.

In promoting Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Prove, the modern way for businesses to enable their customers to prove their identities with just a phone, offers ...

Eighth Grade Semi-Formal Dance Meeting On Tap

October 18, 2021

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - An introductory meeting will be held regarding Memorial's spring eighth grade semi-formal dance on Thursday, October 21 at 6 p.m. The virtual meeting will be held via Zoom. This annual event is a tradition in the Spotswood School District. It brings together eighth graders from Memorial and Milltown's Joyce Kilmer School. The two classes will make up the incoming Spotswood ...

Memorial Middle School Names September Students Of The Month

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Memorial Middle School announced its September students of the month earlier this month. Memorial's students of the month will have their names featured on the information board located in the front of the building.

September's Students of the Month for sixth grade are Travis Jaworowski and Khloe Tyson. The seventh grade students of the month are Madison DeLaMarter ...

Middlesex County Students Invited To Vo-Tech Open Houses At All Five Campuses

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Middle school students and their parents can find out about opportunities in career and technical education at upcoming open houses on the five campuses of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools.

MCVTS offers 36 career majors, as well as a traditional academic curriculum, to Middlesex County students, along with interscholastic sports and extracurricular ...

Meet Milltown Board Of Education Candidate Egnita Pardo

October 18, 2021

MILLTOWN, NJ - Egnita Pardo is one of five candidates in the running for three open seats on the Milltown Board of Education. Pardo has been a homeowner in Milltown for 15 years and is a special education teacher in the New Brunswick School District. Last fall, Pardo ran for the Milltown Board of Education as a write-in candidate.

"I decided to run again because I wanted a more equitable ...

Meet Milltown Board Of Education Candidate Janice Hodgson

MILLTOWN, NJ - Janice Hodgson is one of five candidates on the ballot on Election Day for the Milltown Board of Education. Hodgson is seeking re-election to the Milltown Board of education on November 2.

The retired administrative assistant has lived in the borough for the past 45 years. She loves the "positive connection between the Milltown School District students and their teachers ...

Milltown To Hold Annual Candidates Forum

MILLTOWN, NJ - The borough will hold its annual Candidates Forum on Wednesday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the council/court chambers at the Milltown Borough Hall. Four candidates are vying for two open seats on the Milltown Borough Council. Veteran reporter Fred Kaimann will moderate the forum. Residents can attend the event in-person, but questions must be submitted in advance via an online form ...

Soccer Festival Raises Nearly $17,000 For Charity

October 19, 2021

METUCHEN, NJ - Through their participation in the Soccer for a Cause Charity Festival, 14 high school girls soccer teams from the Greater Middlesex Conference combined to raise a total of nearly $17,000 for two New Jersey-based nonprofits.

In addition, the nearly 300 players and coaches involved in the fundraising event collected nonperishable food items for REPLENISH, Nourishing ...

Wednesday Night Community Supper's Jeannie Fitzpatrick Wins National Grant To Empower Mothers And Help With Food Insecurity

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Wednesday Night Community Suppers have been a staple at the borough's historic St. Peter's Episcopal Church for almost thirty years. It is a part of the church's community outreach program that includes the Alice's CUP Food Pantry and its popular Thrift Shop. On October 13, longtime volunteer at the Community of Hope Ministries and hostess of the Wednesday Night ...

Spotswood's Community Giving Tree Already In The Holiday Spirit

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Not that anyone is counting, but December 25 is only 78 days away which is why the Spotswood Community Team has already organized this season's Community Giving Tree. Last year, the Spotswood Community Team collected hundreds of gifts to spread holiday cheer to local families as well as families living in area shelters. For the upcoming holiday season, the Community Team is ...

Enjoy The Beauty And Science Behind Fall Color

October 18, 2021

NEW JERSEY - The brilliant fall color in our landscapes is a magical transformation that happens each year.  And the science behind it is just as intriguing. 

Each fall as the days shorten our deciduous trees and shrubs begin this transformation.  The plants produce less of the chlorophyll that gives leaves their normal green color.  The existing chlorophyll starts ...

Police Still Seeking Sexual Assault Suspect In South Brunswick

October 20, 2021

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Police in several townships are still on the lookout for a suspect in an aggravated sexual assault that occurred in the area of Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park on the border of Plainsboro and South Brunswick Townships on September 28. According to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, this incident has similarities to a sexual assault that occurred in ...

Milltown Police Asking For Public's Assistance In Locating Van Involved In Serious Hit-And-Run

MILLTOWN, NJ - The Milltown Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating and identifying the driver of a van involved in a hit-and-run in the Acme parking lot on Ryders Lane on Wednesday afternoon. A 62-year-old woman was hit twice by the van and dragged before the vehicle quickly left the scene. The victim, who was not identified by the MPD, was left on the ground. She ...

Spotswood Girls Soccer Eliminated By North Brunswick In GMC Tournament

October 21, 2021

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Spotswood High School girls varsity soccer team's bid for a semifinal berth in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament ended Wednesday night with a 3-1 loss to North Brunswick High School. The two teams completed the first half knotted at one, but North Brunswick scored two in the second half to secure a spot in this weekend's semifinals against second seeded ...

Spotswood Boys Varsity Soccer Falls To Middlesex In GMCs

MIDDLESEX, NJ - After winning the play-in round of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament with a 4-0 victory over JFK Memorial High School, the 22nd seeded Spotswood High School boys varsity soccer tournament was knocked out in the preliminary round by 11th seeded Middlesex High School 2-0 on Tuesday. The Blue Jays move on to the first round to face sixth seeded South River behind two goals ...

Spotswood Girls Soccer Knocks Out Edison In GMC Tourney On Goal By Violet Tharney

EDSION, NJ - The Spotswood High School girls varsity soccer team's defense came up big in the first round of the Greater Middlesex Conference on Monday with a 1-0 shutout victory over sixth seeded Edison High School. Morgan Zink made 15 saves to help lock down the win. Freshman Violet Tharney netted the winning goal in the second half in her first GMC tournament on a feed from Julianna ...

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New Jersey Date Night: Frighteningly Great Halloween Destinations

October 16, 2021

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

October brings us candy, trick-or-treaters and a great opportunity for our date to hold our hands a little tighter. Halloween is upon us and what better way to celebrate the spooky season than to visit one of New Jersey’s many Haunted Houses? From eerie hayrides to disturbing hallways, a haunted ...

Helmetta Mayor Chris Slavicek Among Local Heroes Honored By East Brunswick Police Department

October 21, 2021

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick's Finest gathered last week at an award ceremony to acknowledge the exceptional service provided by Law Enforcement in the township.  The mood was one of pride of service, team spirit, and a recognition of excellence. Chief Frank LoSacco facilitated the event honoring numerous officers, administrators, detectives, and even civilians for their role in ...

NJ Association of Counties Honors Award Recipients At Annual Ceremony

October 21, 2021

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) Executive Director John Donnadio stood on the stage in the ballroom at Caesars Atlantic City with a smile on his face as he proudly kicked off the 71st Annual NJAC Conference with a long-delayed awards ceremony to honor members and associates for their hard work.

Cape May County Commissioner E. Marie Hayes took home the ...

Don't Make These Common Small Business Marketing Mistakes

Hope you're sitting down for this one.  A 2021 report from Top Design Firms says 28% of small businesses don't have a website.

Of the 72% who have a website, maintaining it can be a full-time job all by itself. Customers have elevated expectations and the website has to match that.  Small business owners often don't have that time.  Forbes has some suggestions ...

Behind the Headlines: How a Text Message Led a TAPinto Franchisee to Get Answers for His Community

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The text message was straight and to the point.

“Hey they have all of our (expletive) and we can’t get it out.”

That certainly got John Mooney’s attention.

Then the TAPinto Scotch Plains/Fanwood franchisee saw a post on Facebook and started asking some questions.

“They said ‘hey this is going on — we’re going to ...

Email is Key to News Publishers Clawing Back Advertising Dollars from Social Media

Many news publishers are struggling to produce enough advertising dollars to be sustainable, with many now erecting paywalls or going the non-profit route to attempt to stay in business. However, publications would be wise to think about what advantages that they can bring to a potential advertiser that social media cannot offer. One such tool is email.

Any publisher who has stayed on top of ...

How a Change of Plan Led TAPinto's Newest Franchisee to Stay in Princeton

PRINCETON, NJ -- Richard Rein had a 4-month plan.  He was going to work with a Princeton University professor, who was teaching a class on expository writing.  After that, head north.

“My original plan was to move to New York City where the action was,” Rein said.

That was nearly 4 decades ago.  He never left.

Today, Rein is still in ...

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Middlesex College Appoints Coach For New Men's Volleyball Team

October 21, 2021

EDISON, NJ - Middlesex College has appointed Myia Williams to be the coach of the new men’s volleyball program, which is set to begin in Spring 2022. The College was among 15 two-year institutions chosen for a $10,000 grant by the NJCAA Foundation and First Point Volleyball Foundation to start a new men’s volleyball program.

Williams holds a bachelor of science in communication ...

'Songs for a New World' Merges Rock, Ballads, Jazz

Millburn, NJ - Yes, Paper MIll Playhouse has now reopened with a dazzling production of “Songs for a New World.”  

There are plenty of precautions before entering the theatre, including masks for the audience, proof of vaccination and photo i.d. (probably a driver’s license.)  Still, it’s good to know all that going in, so there are no surprises ...